Visconti Limited Edition Brunelleschi Fountain Pen
Visconti Limited Edition Brunelleschi Fountain Pen is made from terracotta, a material that best represents Florence: the Cotto Fiorentino. We named the pen Brunelleschi, in homage to the great architect and the dome of the cathedral as the largest artifact in the world made of Florentine Cotto. Brunelleschi is eight-sided pen accurately reflecting the catheral dome. The pen’s lock system, a Visconti patent, is the well-known Hook Safe Lock method allows the user to close the pen by rotating it by only 20°, thus making it absolutely impossible to open the cap by accident. The material, a Cotto Fiorentino terracotta resin compound.
TERRACOTTA, An age-old traditional product,
Man has been manufacturing artefacts in terracotta since roughly 5000BC, the date of the earliest items discovered by archaeologist in Egypt, Syria and Mesopotamia. But then, it’s a really simple process. You mix earth and water together, kneading and moulding them into a malleable mass, which you then shape into the required pieces, and allow fire to finish the job for you by turning them solid. The Etruscans probably achieveed the highest level of excellence in this field, adorning their temples with terracotta artefacts and using the material to make tiles and cornices, home furnishings and pottery, statuettes, vases and so forth. It was from Etruria that terracotta was introduced to Rome, being used by the building industry in the imperial capital chiefly to manufacture bricks and tiles. So the production of terracotta artefacts in the Florence area is likely to date back to the Roman era, although there is little of documentary evidence for this, and the first Tuscan Terracotta Artistan Guilds are only recorded in around 1400.
Earth, water, air and fire.
The first phase of the process in the manufactue of artefacts in terracotta involved finding the clay and getting it to the kiln. Once there, it was given an initial cleansing with water to rid it of alien organic substances, after which it was filtered through a series of sieves. Once the artefacts had been modelled by hand using moulds, they were set out to dry in the courtyard by the kiln before firing. The firing proces itself was a fully-fledged ritual with its formulas and its incantations in the old wood kilns. After the artefacts had been fire, they were taken outside to the courtyards again and hosed down.
For twenty years the name ‘Visconti’ has been synonymous of extraordinary elegant writing instruments coming from very intense historical and technological research. Throughout its entire range of fountain pens, roller balls and ball-pens Visconti offers a wide assortment of high quality items all showing strong characters and features. The director of this Florentine company founded in 1988 is Dante Del Vecchio, deus ex machina of strong creative dynamism, the same feature that we can find in all Visconti creations. His personal passion for historical fountain pens is at the basis of his endless research for new expressions in writing instruments art. Here the incessant love for culture and the passion for innovation, together with the rediscovering of handicraft and the development of ever newer and more sophisticated writing systems melt with the unforgettable colourful shapes, design and naturalness of Visconti items making them inimitable. Every pen tells a story of art, archaeology, philosopy, mathematics, literate, ancient and contemporary history and not only. Visconti always pays tribute to the signs of human culture. According to this concept pens cease to be simple writing instruments in order to become canvases on which new artistic expressions are painted and new deep emotions are communicated. For all these reasons that distinguish Visconti on the worldwide market, the company has also acted as official sponsor of significant events. Among these we recall the historic and politically important 2002 NATO-Russia Summit that officially marked the end of the Cold War, the signing of The European Constitution in 2005 and the prestigious G8 held in July 2009 at L’Aquila.