Pelikan Limited Edition Four Leaf Clover Makie Fountain Pen
Maki-e is the art of Japanese lacquer painting and is renowned for its beauty and artistry. The Pelikan “Four-Leaf Clover” Maki-e fountain pen uses Kaga Togidashi Makie.
The four-leaf clover is one of the most famous good luck charms. According to an ancient European legend, anyone finding a four-leaf clover will also find happiness since, being very rare, it is considered to be a powerful talisman.
In a famous story, the life of Napoleon Bonaparte was saved when, on the field of battle, he stopped to pluck a four-leaf clover, and successfully dodged a bullet.
Each individual leaf of the four-leaf clover has a specific meaning: fame, wealth, faithful love, and glorious health and, combined, are believed to bring good luck. Additionally, the four parts of the clover indicate hope, happiness, heart and health as well as the compass points – east, west, south and north – with the four guardian spirits of direction unified into one central point. There is a million-to-one chance of finding a five-leaf clover – the individual parts of which are thought to bring love, wealth, health, luck and success, as well as prosperity and fortune. Pelikan’s Makie fountain pen “Four-Leaf Clover” depicts one five-leaf clover and six four-leaf clovers together with many three-leaf clovers and employs mother-of-pearl and cut-gold work amongst other techniques, to vividly recreate this good luck charm.
The Pelikan Limited Edition Four Leaf Clover Makie Fountain Pen is a masterpiece that combines the craftsmanship of Pelikan Germany with over 170 years of tradition and technology with superior Japanese maki-e techniques which are renowned the world over.
The Pelikan logo is on the crown along with the limited edition number and the artist’s signature is drawn in by hand using maki-e techniques. The “Four-Leaf Clover” is a worldwide limited edition of only 88 pieces. Each fountain pen is encased in a beautiful traditional Japanese paulownia wood pen box.
Pelikan is a Malaysian company that manufactures fountain pens in Germany and Spain as well as other writing, office and art equipment. Credited with the invention of the differential-piston filling method, the original company was founded in Hanover in 1832 before it went bankrupt and restarted. Pelikan A.G. is now a Malaysian owned, Swiss incorporated subsidiary of Pelikan International.
The notable history of Pelikan began with the model “100” and the modified 100N (both fountain pens), which sparked the genesis of the company’s distinctive styling.
Pelikan is notable adherence to tradition in pen manufacturing, preserving the then innovative methods and styles of its founding company. Pelikan’s newer lines of re-released pens have deviated very little except to vary the sizes and coatings. It still manufactures many pens using cellulose acetate, instead of the more modern plastics used by most other major pen makers.