NAMIKI: Butterflies and Flower Basket Maki-e and Raden Fountain Pen  and Propelling Pencil Set, Asprey Nib, Period box, c.1930

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NAMIKI: Butterflies and Flower Basket Maki-e and Raden Fountain Pen and Propelling Pencil Set, Asprey Nib, Period box, c.1930

Sold for £ 15,000 (US$ 18,349) inc. premium
Namiki and Other Japanese Lacquer Writing Instruments from the Collection of Mme. J.M.L.
NAMIKI: Butterflies and Flower Basket Maki-e and Raden Fountain Pen and Propelling Pencil Set, Asprey Nib, Period box, c.1930
A matching pair of Namiki instruments, comprising fountain pen and propelling pencil, decorated in the hiramaki-e technique and embellished with raden details, depicting two butterflies in flight on the cap, with flower baskets on the barrels of both pen and pencil. The baskets may allude to Lan Caihe, one of the Eight Taoist Immortals, whose attribute is an ever-present flower basket.

Both instruments measure 116mm. The pen is a lever-filler, with "lifebuoy" lever and 14K gold cap ring; the pencil has a brass nose cone and cap ring. 14K gold #2 heart-vent Asprey nib, prongs slightly parted. Some friction marks to pen section, very fine condition overall. Pen is unsigned; pencil is signed with unidentified kao. In period Namiki box, rubbed and soiled, with ownership signature to lining.
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