PEN OF THE YEAR

Thanks to a masterly crafted and carefully selected materials, the collection GRAF VON FABER CASTELL has earned a special place among fans of noble art of writing. Since 2003 the star of the collection is the luxurious Edition PEN OF THE YEAR.

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  • PEN OF THE YEAR 2014

    Graf von Faber Castell - Pen of the Year 2014

    One of the most beautiful Baroque palaces in Europe is located near St. Petersburg: the Catherine Palace.
    It was originally built as a summer palace for Catherine I in 1718.
    The unpretentious structure was then transformed into a glittering residence during the reign of Elizabeth I: the palace was expanded and gilded both inside and out.
    It also houses treasures such as the famous Amber Room, which was recognised early on as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.
    The palace then became the favourite residence of Catherine the Great.
    She spent nearly every spring and summer there starting in 1763. She had many parts of this magnificent building redesigned – giving spectacular expression to the spirit of her time and her mighty empire.


    A PHILOSOPHER ON THE THRONE
    Catherine II is the only female ruler in history to be given the epithet “the Great”.

    This energetic monarch strengthened the economy of her country and reformed its administration. She was full of the joys of life, very well educated, made music and kept in close correspondence with Voltaire, the most influential thinker of the Enlightenment. Catherine II strongly supported culture and the arts, and opened up her empire to modern European ideas.
    She issued a manifesto inviting foreign immigration, calling on people from Western Europe to settle in Russia and discover its lakes and rivers as well as “all of its sundry precious ores and metals.” An expedition was started in 1765 at the behest of the Tzarina to develop new sources of jasper, agate and carnelian in the Urals. Several years later, Catherine the Great commissioned a unique monument to the natural wealth of her country

    AN ARCHITECT’S BIG MOMENT
    In 1779, Catherine the Great summoned to her court a Scottish architect who attracted considerable attention in Europe:
    Charles Cameron travelled to Rome in 1768 to seek the Pope’s permission to measure a site and excavate in the ruins of Roman imperial thermae.
    Cameron’s investigations met the tastes of his contemporaries and laid the foundations for his reputation as an outstanding authority on ancient architecture.
    His big moment came when the Russian Empress gave him the opportunity to combine his fascination for Greco-Roman antiques with another favourite subject of high nobility: the world of minerals.
    This resulted in the brilliant Agate Rooms of the Catherine Palace.


    A MASTERPIECE FOR HER MAJESTY
    Catherine the Great wanted Roman-inspired baths – and she wanted a structure from Charles Cameron in the 1780s that was absolutely breathtaking.

    The same was true for the seven particularly luxurious rooms on the top floor of the baths. At the request of the Empress, the walls were adorned with ornately ground and polished jasper from the Urals. At the time, jasper was called agate, which gave the rooms their name: the Agate Rooms.

    Setting the gemstones on such a large surface area in such extravagant amounts represented quite a challenge for the artisans because these precious minerals are very hard and difficult to work, unlike marble. Nevertheless, the venture was a success. The magnificent rooms won the favour of the Empress; henceforth she began writing all of her personal correspondence here.
    Catherine the Great wanted Roman-inspired baths – and she wanted a structure from Charles Cameron in the 1780s that was absolutely breathtaking.
    Three large, red-brown jasper stones are embedded into the platinum-plated barrel of the plunger-type fountain pen and envision the aura of these magnificent rooms perfectly. Numerous polishings give these vibrantly grained gemstones an inimitable radiance.

    The barrel is also engraved with a chain pattern that echoes a formative style element of the Agate Rooms. The cap of the fountain pen is adorned with grey, shimmering, Russian quartz with a facet finish.

    Paying homage to the Agate Rooms, the Catherine Palace Pen of the Year brings the lustre and aesthetics of a major era alive in such a fascinating manner. Both editions come with an 18-carat, bicolour gold nib that is run in by hand. An end-cap protects the rotary knob of the plunger mechanism of the plunger-type fountain pen.•Platinum-plated barrel adorned with three large, reddish-brown jasper stones and engraved with a chain pattern.

    Pen of the Year 2014 - Platinum plated:

    •Individually numbered writing instruments
    •18-carat bicolour gold nib, run in by hand
    •Available in the nib widths M, F, B, and BB
    •Cap of the pen is adorned with a grey shimmering Russian quartz with facet finish
    •Exclusive wooden box with additional insert with space for additional 6 writing instruments, high- quality brochure and a certificate of limitation
    •Limited to 1000 pieces

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