MONTEGRAPPA: Blue Nile & Luxor Red Sea: Set of 4 Limited Edition Fountain Pens in Gold, Silver & Vermeil
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MONTEGRAPPA: Luxor Blue Nile & Luxor Red Sea: Set of 4 Limited Edition Fountain Pens in Gold, Silver & Vermeil
Sold for US$ 17,500 inc. premium
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MONTEGRAPPA: Luxor Blue Nile & Luxor Red Sea: Set of 4 Limited Edition Fountain Pens in Gold, Silver & Vermeil MONTEGRAPPA: Luxor Blue Nile & Luxor Red Sea: Set of 4 Limited Edition Fountain Pens in Gold, Silver & Vermeil
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MONTEGRAPPA: Luxor Blue Nile & Luxor Red Sea: Set of 4 Limited Edition Fountain Pens in Gold, Silver & Vermeil
Bonhams is pleased to present a sensational array of Montegrappa's most fabled fountain pens: the complete Egyptology-themed Luxor series. All four incarnations of these legendary pens are here: the Blue Nile in solid 18 karat gold and sterling silver, and the Red Sea in vermeil and solid 18 karat gold. Introduced in 1996, these phenomenal pens were enthusiastically received by collectors and quickly vanished into private hands. Rare to the marketplace, particularly as a matched set, these pens form an outstanding centerpiece for any top collection.

Bold and impressive, the Blue Nile is crafted of marbled blue celluloid, evoking the river that gives Egypt its lifeblood. A dramatic high-relief 18 karat solid gold overlay distinguishes one pen; its companion is clad in a stunning sterling silver overlay. The pens are richly ornamented with themes and figures from Egyptian mythology: Horus, Isis, Osiris and Thoth are all represented on these pens, which are surmounted respectively by gold and silver scarabs. Both feature medium 18K two-tone gold nibs. The sterling cap overlay is loose and requires a simple touch of glue; the pen has been inked and the silver is discolored in spots. No packaging included. Limited Editions: the gold pen is 178/188; the silver pen is 178/1912.

The Luxor Red Sea is a veritable pen of dreams. Drawn from Egyptian mythology, these marbled red celluloid instruments with dazzling golden overlays are fit for a pharoah's treasure. Like the Blue Nile, these pens are adorned with themes and figures of Egyptian mythology. Both feature dramatic cobra clips with glowing red and white jewels; the caps are surmounted by scarabs. Included are the vermeil model, only offered to those who purchased the Blue Nile, and the rare 18 karat solid gold overlay model, of which only 38 were made. The gold version is one of Montegrappa's most coveted pens, and this example may be the most desirable to come to market in years, as it is a rare manufacturer's prototype. Both pens have medium 18K two-tone gold nibs. The vermeil model's nib section is detached and is secured inside the cap, a basic repair for an experienced conservator. Limited Editions: the vermeil pen is 178/688; the solid gold model is marked P3 (for "Prototype 3"). No packaging.

Originally retailed for over $38,000 and long unavailable from the manufacturer, this lot is offered with a low reserve and represents a unique opportunity to acquire four of the grails of modern limited pens with one flash of the paddle.

Saleroom notices

  • The sterling Blue Nile celluloid cap is cleanly bifurcated, and the lower part is loose from the overlay. Can likely be remedied with glue repair.
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