A Time for Words

Maki-E Arts (Part III): Four Seasons

Four Seasons Limited Edition Fountain Pen
Our Maki-E arts trip continues with a pen that was worldwide acclaimed as the perfect synthesis of writing instrument and piece of art: the Four Seasons fountain pen.
Like the Supernatural Creatures pens, the Four Seasons is one of the Master Oshita's handwork and Visconti's technique offsprings.
Back in 1994 Visconti had already celebrated the time's passage theme with a "Four Seasons" fountain pen collection: it was composed of four different pens, each of them represented a season.
In 2007, after almost twenty years of progress into design and technological research, we made a pen that conveyed much of Visconti's innovation: "squaring the circle" design, Power Filler system, double reservoir.
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” Albert Camus
“April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.” T.S. Eliot - The Waste Land
On each facet the four seasons are represented by Master Oshita's wonderful paintings. The drawings were made using a mix of the most difficult to master maki-e techniques. The pen in itself symbolizes time's passing: there is no beginning, no ending, just the neverending cycle of nature and life itself.
The Four Seasons fountain pen issues our precious 23kt Dreamtouch nib. Only 188 pieces were made worldwide; this pen is particularly sought after by art collectors from all over the world.
"Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” Lewis Carroll
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