The collections of Montegrappa writing instruments pen a legacy. Sought after for their elegant and portable tributes, they have even found their way into the limelight at turning points in history. For instance Boris Yeltsin symbolically handed over his Dragon Limited Edition Fountain Pen to Vladimir Putin along with his power. Writing instruments that pay tribute to cultural icons include Muhammed Ali and Bruce Lee limited edition collections. Among its regular lines are a delightful DC Comics series with distinctive designs that personify famous comic figures such as Batman, Catwoman and the Joker. However, the limited editions remain Montegrappa’s most prized and coveted. Its latest release is the third among a series that showcases artists. Following artistic giants Antonio Stradivari and Amedeo Modigliani the third creative genius in Montegrappa’s roster is Salvador Dalí.

An artist recognised for his technical skill and unique visual sense a number of his works are noted for being so original and startling that they have become embedded into the fabric of global consciousness. The first pen produced by Montegrappa embodies his 1944 work ‘Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening.’ The painting was the first to depict a form referred to as The Space Elephant that would become a recurring image in Dalí’s work.

DESIGNERS PORTRAYED THE SPACE ELEPHANT ‘WITH LONG, MULTI-JOINTED, ALMOST INVISIBLE LEGS OF DESIRE ALONG WITH OBELISKS ON THEIR BACKS’, AS MINIATURE MANIFESTATIONS OF HIS ART

This complex work was symbolised in the writing instruments by designers who portrayed the space elephant ‘with long, multi-jointed, almost invisible legs of desire along with obelisks on their backs’ as miniature manifestations of his art. In the silver version the elephant embraces a Mediterranean blue celluloid barrel while in the solid gold version it’s produced in malachite green. Inscribed within the barrel is a quote from the autobiography, The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí. Montegrappa issued only 1,000 pieces of sterling silver fountain pens and 989 rollerball pens inscribed with 1989 – the year that Dalí died. The 19 rollerballs and 61 fountain pens in solid gold bear the year he created the 1961 jewellery, The Space Elephant. The pens are encased in an egg-shaped container, a fitting Dalíesque tribute since the artist regarded the egg to symbolise hope and love.

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The second Dalí pen, the Surrealista has drawn inspiration from the 1938 painting, ‘Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach’. A fruit bowl that evolves into a wine glass, a human face below the fruit with its nose also acting as the stem of the bowl, the face bearing the texture of the sand of the beach, and other elements presented a challenge to Montegrappa’s designers. To capture this startling surrealism and interpret the aesthetics of the painting the designers used a pearl-grey resin with the trim, which represents the elongated face and the fruit. The cap bears Dalí’s signature. The packaging of the pen too recreates the face and can be opened to reveal the pen with the parting of lips.

THE SECOND DALÍ PEN, THE SURREALISTA HAS DRAWN INSPIRATION FROM THE 1938 PAINTING, ‘APPARITION OF FACE AND FRUIT DISH ON A BEACH’

The Salvador Dalí Surrealista limited edition consists of two varieties with 1,000 fountain pens and 938 rollerballs are complete with sterling silver trim while the other consists of 19 roller balls and 38 fountain pens with solid 18k gold trim. These interpretations of Dalí’s work have been supervised and licensed by Fundació Gala-Salvadior Dalí, the cultural institution founded by the artist himself in 1983.