Montblanc’s Patron of Art Edition 2016 pays tribute to the outstanding legacy of one of the most influential art collectors and exhibitors of 20th century art, Peggy Guggenheim, who dedicated most of her life to protecting the art of her time by discovering and nurturing new talent, while building an important collection of works housed today in a Venice museum that still carries her name.
Peggy Guggenheim’s contribution to cultural life is unquestionable, as she joins a small group of historic patrons to be honoured with a Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition, a writing instrument designed to coincide with the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award.
Limited to just 81 pieces as a reference to the age at which she passed away, the Montblanc Patron of Art Peggy Guggenheim Limited Edition 81 is a personal homage to her life from her arrival in Europe to her later life in Venice. Created in the Montblanc Artisan Atelier from the finest materials and shaped by highly skilled master craftsmen, the design of the writing instrument is inspired the art deco style that surrounded the collector as she arrived in Paris in the 1920s, with clean lines forming the straight shape of the cap, clip and barrel.
The art that Peggy Guggenheim discovered and promoted is the inspiration for the Montblanc Patron of Art Peggy Guggenheim Limited Edition 888, with a geometric art deco-inspired pattern adorning the red lacquered and ruthenium-coated cap and barrel. The engravings of lion heads on the red gold cap ring are inspired by the exterior of the “Palazzo Venier dei Leoni”, Peggy’s home for 30 years richly decorated with this symbol of Venice.
The Montblanc Patron of Art Peggy Guggenheim Limited Edition 4810 features the geometric art deco design on a black lacquered and platinum-coated cap and barrel, contrasting with the red and platinum-coated stripes on the cone of the writing instrument. The platinum-coated ring is elegantly embossed with the lion heads associated with Peggy Guggenheim’s Venice, while the Montblanc emblem that crowns the fountain pen is made of traditional black and white resin.