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TIBALDI BY MONTEGRAPPA DRAGON AND PHOENIX LE 99 FOUNTAIN PEN & ROLLERBALL PEN SET

TIBALDI DRAGON AND PHOENIX LE 99 FOUNTAIN PEN & ROLLERBALL PEN SET
TIBALDI DRAGON AND PHOENIX LE 99 FOUNTAIN PEN & ROLLERBALL PEN SET


 
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TIBALDI by Montegrappa Dragon and Phoenix Pens
Limited Edition Pens Set

TIBALDI introduces a precious pen set, celebrating the most powerful and auspicious mythological creatures according to Chinese tradition. The fountain pen is hand painted with a mighty portrait of the Dragon on the barrel, whilst the body of the roller ball boasts an elegant image of the Phoenix. Designed, painted and produced with supreme precision and craftsmanship, TIBALDI pens are ornate accessories and masterpieces of technological innovation. The TIBALDI Dragon and Pheonix pens are precious limited edition writing instruments. Only 99 sets were created and this edition sold out quickly.


The TIBALDI Dragon and Phoenix Sets

The fountain pens are hand painted with a mighty portrait of the Dragon on the barrel, and an elegant image of the Phoenix. Designed, painted and produced with supreme precision and craftsmanship, TIBALDI pens are ornate accessories and masterpieces of technological innovation. Each of the TIBALDI Dragon and Phoenix pens are precious limited edition writing instruments. Limited Edition of 99 sets world wide.

TIBALDI Dragon and Phoenix Limited Edition Pen Set

The Dragon fountain pen is fashioned from black resin while the Phoenix fountain pen is made of ivory resin. The ivory and black stress free acrylic is carefully carved by master craftsmen from a single bar of raw material, guaranteeing durability. A diamond patterned finish is found on the pen's trimmings in sterling silver with rose gold plating. This pattern is known as Clou de Paris – an ancient decoration found on fine watches ever since the 18th century. The ratio of the Divine Proportion applies to the height and width of every Clou de Paris engraving found on the pen's trim and barrel.

TIBALDI Dragon and Phoenix Patents

The TIBALDI Dragon and Phoenix collection is based on the original TIBALDI Divina design.
Two international patents testify to the uniqueness and technical excellence of all TIBALDI Divina pens. TIBALDI's unique design based on the Divine Proportion is patented, as is TIBALDI's innovative and precise filling mechanism. Rotating the pen's blind cap, while filling the pen, feels and sounds similar to the winding the crown of a fine watch. The mechanism applies a slight resistance to rotation, avoiding brusque movements at the bottom of the pen and reducing the risk of accidental leakages.

Meticulous detailing

The snap mechanism and roller on the clip enables the TIBALDI Divina to slip smoothly into a pocket or onto a notepad. Each clip is carved with computer-operated cutting and shaping machines combined with the finely honed skills of Italian master craftsmen.

Airbrushed Miniatures

Airbrushing is an art of extreme precision. An airbrush is a small, air-operated art tool used to spray paint from a small reservoir mounted on its side. The artist combines the right amounts of paint and air pressure by depressing the trigger on the top of the airbrush, whilst moving the airbrush at varying distances from the surface being painted. Artist Lorena Straffi began working millimeters from the surface, skillfully airbrushing the detail onto the tiny surface of the

Dragon and Phoenix
pens. If the viscosity of the paint is too thick it could congeal at the needle tip and destroy the art work. If it is too thin it could burn through the existing artwork destroying it completely.

In Ancient times in China, the Dragon was considered the King of Heavenly Deities while the Phoenix was often referred to as the Queen of birds.

Traditionally passed down to this day, the Dragon and Phoenix are the symbols of auspiciousness, often known as part of the "Four Supernatural Spirits" along with the Lin and the Tortoise.

The Dragon often appears in a variety of magical forms, be it short or long, big or small. It inhabits all territories from the heights of the heaven to the depths of the earth and believed to have the power to control rain, bestowing precious water during times of drought and clearing the clouds when floods threaten. The Phoenix, believed to be a supernatural bird embodying the five virtues of benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom and sincerity. Never harming a single insect or blade of grass, perching only in the finest trees, eating only bamboo seeds and drinking spring water.

There is an old Chinese saying, "When the Dragon soars and the Phoenix dances, the people will enjoy happiness for years, bringing peace and tranquility to all under heaven". Such is the belief as an auspicious sign when sightings of both the Dragon and Phoenix are seen together.

In addition to serving as auspicious symbols, the Dragon and Phoenix were often metaphors for the gentleman and the sage. For example, Confucius reportedly compared Lao-tzu to a dragon; both reserved yet elusive spirits capable of freely transcending the boundaries of heaven and earth. Lao-tzu is also said to have compared the wisdom and grace of Confucius to the lofty virtues associated with the phoenix; both took benevolence as the ultimate virtue in treating others. Consequently, we know from ancient texts and artifacts that the dragon and the phoenix were auspicious animals as early as the Neolithic age in China. Highly revered and appreciated, images of dragons and phoenixes found their way onto ceremonial jade ornaments and were carved, painted, or sewn onto objects of everyday use--representing reverence for the spirits and desire for auspicious fortune. This custom was passed down through the ages. From references of dragons and phoenixes in local festivals and rites to the heights of literature and fine art, they all reveal the glory of these legendary animals.

Ever since the First Emperor of China, the Ch'in dynasty (221-206 B.C.), proclaimed himself descendant of the dragon, almost every ruler was referred to as "The True Dragon, Son of Heaven." Becoming a symbol of the ruler was the Dragon, while the phoenix became an embodiment of his mate.

Representing imperial nobility and authority, the forms of the dragon and the Phoenix were gradually transformed into images associated with the court. Till these days, we can find images and patterns bearing the imperial Dragon and Phoenix in almost everything related to the court, from palace decorations and architecture to furniture, clothing and even everyday items in a variety of materials from paper to wood and even jade. Making them "true" treasures of ancient Chinese arts and crafts, the Dragon and Phoenix are depicted in every imaginable style and pose.

It is with such adulations that Tibaldi has created these mystical animals as a pair symbolising prosperity and virtue to all who possess them.

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