Caran dAche, Maison de Haute Ecriture, announces its new Limited Edition, Tiger, as a tribute to China, to honour the year of the Tiger.
Incorporating different cultural elements into the design has always been an essence of the success of Caran dAche Limited Editions. With the same spirit of producing the Dragon Limited Edition, Caran dAche is proud to introduce its latest Limited Edition Tiger, to greet the year of Tiger.
In popular belief, tiger is considered as the undisputed ruler of its domain. It was the personification of war and often represented the highest army general in imperial China.
In cultural depictions, tiger replaces lion as King of the Beasts in eastern Asia, representing royalty, fearlessness and wrath. The Chinese mark of Wang or King on its forehead further symbolizes the tiger as the royal leader.
Of great importance in Chinese myth and culture, the tiger is one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, and has been regarded as a protective holy animal.
The Limited Edition Tiger: Royalty, fearlessness and wrath
By Eastern art of divination, the tiger resembles auspicious prognostication, and thus the tiger and bamboo combination, which is painted in maki-e on the hexagonal pen body, has indeed been a popular design for centuries.
The tiger plays an important role not only in the Eastern culture - as one of the guardian spirits of the four directions; a white tiger represents the guardian of the West.
Limited to 168 pieces, a propitious number well loved by all Chinese, whilst telling the number of zodiac cycles in 2010 years, the Tiger Limited Edition is definitely another marvellous piece which holds the breath of all beauty lovers.
Maki-e The Exquisite Art of Lacquer
History of Kaga Maki-e
Maki-e has a history of 1,300 years. It is a traditional artistic technique unique to Japan.
Fine designs are drawn on black, red or gold sprinkled lacquer ware with lacquer using fine brushes. Then gold and silver powders are sprinkled over the designs, covered with lacquer, and polished. Small cutouts of thin seashells and gold plates are also applied with lacquer. From preparation to finishing, each maki-e process requires highly sensitive and sophisticated techniques. Maki-e originated in Kyoto about 400 years ago, it was introduced to Kanazawa city, the capital of Kaga Domain, where samurai culture had long been established. The local cultural influence on the royal style maki-e of Kyoto caused maki-e in this area to evolve into an artistic style unique to the region, referred to as Kaga Maki-e, and continues to be carried on by Kaga Maki-e artisans of our time.
Maki-e Artisan - ISSHU TAMURA
Born in Kanazawa city, Japan in 1957. Kaga Maki-e master. Trained extensively under a local Kaga Maki-e master and refined his skills to a level of creating ultra-detailed Kaga Maki-e artwork that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. In addition to fountain pens, he has created a variety of artwork/products such as maki-e watch dials, jewelry boxes, music boxes, jewelry and also traditional products such as various tea ceremony tools. His work has won great acclaim in and outside of Japan.
The Tiger Limited edition is produced as 168 Fountain pens and can be used with an ink pump or with Caran dAche cartridges. The rhodium-coated, 18-carat gold nib is available in six widths: EF, F, M, B, OM, OB. Upon special reservation any of the available Limited Edition numbers can be converted from Fountain Pen into a Roller Pen.
Each writing instrument is delicately painted in maki-e. The rhodium-coating on the metal elements of the writing instruments gives them a wonderful sparkle and provides excellent protection. This rare metal, particularly difficult to extract, is some three times more expensive than gold.
The new Tiger Limited Edition is first available from May 2010. Like all other limited editions, each piece of Tiger Limited Edition is individually numbered.