Ah, look what we found. PENS. Not just any pens, but sheer works of art.
This is truly pushing new boundaries in hand-made writing instrument design. The William Penn Store, (AP Limited Ediions in association with William Penn), has created six stunning Russian Lacquer art limited edition fountain pens dedicated to Hindu Gods — Shiva, Krishna Vishnu,Lakshmi, Ganesha and others.
Russian Lacquer Miniature Art was developed in the early 1920s. The four villages of Fedoskino, Mstera, Kholuj and Palekh, are the centres for this iconic art, which blends European and Oriental traditions of lacquer miniature. The base material on which the painting is done is called Ebonite, a type of hardened rubber found in Japan which is 100% natural.
The pens are hand crafted and created over several months. Pricey? Yes. Priceless art? Definitely yes.
The Dancing Ganesha
Popular Hindu God, the elephant-headed Ganesha is also known as the God of Wisdom. Invoked in his dancing form he is renowned as the guarantor of success in all pursuits especially those related to the fine arts.
|Writer's Edition Dancing Ganesha in Russian Palekh Miniature Art. Rs.2.75 lakhs.|
The Divine Couple
Hindu God Vishnu and His consort, Goddess Lakshmi in a radiant Palekh depiction — The Couple resting on the legendary Sheshnaga, the 1000 headed serpent as they traverse the celestial waters of the Milky Way and the Eternal Cosmic Consciousness.He is known as the Preserver of Life and She is known as the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
|Connoisseur’s Edition The Divine Couple. Rs.4.5 lakhs.|
The Divine Melodies
The art work depicts Krishna, the most revered of Indian Divinities. The Eighth incarnation of Vishnu — playing the flute.
|Connoisseur’s Edition The Divine Melodies. Rs. 4.5 lakhs|
The Blessings of the Lord
This one is a tribute to Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi. The duo is worshipped all over the world during Diwali. This is by done by artist Natasha Kurkina from the Palekh School of Art in Russia.
|Connoisseur’s Edition The Blessings of the Lord. Rs.4.5 lakhs|
The Young Krishna
Here Krishna is depicted in his childlike form. Growing up as a cowherd, He is considered the embodiment of divine love and purity in all forms, thought included
|Writer’s Edition Young Krishna. Rs. 2.75 lakhs|
The Almighty Shiva
Known as Mahadeva, the destroyer of evil, and a form of limitless energy, Shiva is often seen with the Nandi, a strong, magnificent, white Bull. He is one of the most enigmatic Hindu Gods.
|Connoisseur’s Edition The Almighty Shiva. Rs. 4.75 lakhs|
All the pens are limited editions and only nine pieces of each were made by William Penn, one of the world’s biggest multi-brand retail chains for premium and luxury fine writing instruments. At the William Penn Store (27 outlets in Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi and Kolkata) you will find around 20 of the world's best known brands of pens — Sheaffer, Caran d’Ache, Lapis Bard, Lamy, Sailor and the likes. Check out their online store www.williampenn.net