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MONTBLANC 2021 Patron of Art Napoleon Bonaparte Limited Edition 92 Ref. 127035 M:
MONTBLANC 2021 Patron of Art (PoA) Homage to Napoleon Bonaparte Artisan Limited Edition 92 Fountain Pen
Limited Edition: ##/92
Au 750 Gold Medium (M) Nib
Made in Germany
Great men are meteors designed to burn so
that Earth may be lighted.
Napoléon Bonaparte, Le discours de Lyon, 1791,
published by Albert Morancé, 1929, p. 81
The concerned pen has never been used nor inked.
Full set configuration.
Duly stamped papers.
Napoléon: general, emperor and patron of the arts
Napoléon Bonaparte was one of the rare figures in history whose life had far-reaching impact.
He changed the face of Europe and helped shape the modern era. In the history books, he stands as a brilliant strategist and commander as well as a visionary conqueror. Born in 1769 in Corsica, Napoléon Bonaparte is known for his meteoric rise from general to first consul to emperor of the French.
As a ruler, he shook the entire world with innovations such as centralized administration, religious tolerance and, most notably, the Code civil, the first common civil code, which established the equality of all people.
Napoléon Bonaparte's glory lives on in the magnificent architecture parlante style of the
famous Parisian structures built during his reign. In addition to architecture, other arts, such as painting, sculture and the decorative arts, also blossomed under his leadership.
The Montblanc Patron of Art Homage to Napoléon Bonaparte Limited Edition 92 is dedicated to this important emperor and patron of the arts. The limitation of 92 pieces is a
reference to the year the Colonne Vendome was classified as a historical monument (1992).
Great among greats
Even at a young age, Napoléon Bonaparte was fascinated by history's heroes. He saw himself as the successor to Julius Caesar and Charlemagne.
Like Caesar, he gained fame as a military commander, restructured the state as consul and ultimately strove for the crown. Rather than claim the throne of the Bourbon kings, however, Napoléon Bonaparte set his sights on an empire in the tradition of Charlemagne. On 2 December 1804, he entered Notre Dame Cathedral wearing an imperial laurel wreath and crowned himself in the presence of the pope.
Napoléon Bonaparte's throne was designed in the style of Charlemagne.
His coronation robe was decorated not with the traditional Bourbon lily, but the bee, which was the symbol of France's first royal dynasty, the Merovingians. In reference to the golden bees that used to decorate Napoléon Bonaparte's palaces, courts and imperial offices, the guilloche on the Au 750 solid yellow gold cap features a hand-engraved bee made from solid Au 750 white gold, surrounded by stars which are inspired by Napoléon Bonaparte's throne in the Tuileries Palace.
The engravings on the cap top - a laurel wreath, the imperial crown and an eagle - refer to his coronation insignia.
One of the loveliest cities in the world
Napoléon Bonaparte' admiration of ancient rulers mirrored his enthusiasm for antique buildings. As early as 1798, he planned to make Paris one of the most beautiful citys in the world - another Rome.
He commissioned the construction of numerous classical buildings according to the ideals of antiquity. They include the arcades of the Rue de Rivoli, the Paris Stock Exchange and the church of la Madeleine, the splendid pillars of which call to mind a Greek temple. In
1806, at the height of his fame, Napoléon Bonaparte commissioned four triumphal arches. These were intended, as he put it, to support French sculture for years. One of the most famous, the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile (50 m high and 44 m wide), is more than twice as large as its antique predecessor in Rome. The Au 750 solid yellow gold grid pattern on the barrel of the edition is reminiscent of typical patterns of that time. Red jasper shining through underneath relects- in combination with yellow gold - the colours of Napoléon Bonaparte's coronation coat and symbolizes imperial power. An important motif of the empire style, the Egyptian palmette, is engraved on the cone, which also bears an engraved portrait of the emperor.
Emperor of the decorative arts
Napoléon Bonaparte surrounded himself with everything that was magnificent, fine and majestic. His love of symbolism and splendour drove extensive redesigns of palaces like Fontainebleau.
While his first wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais, received her own wing, Napoléon Bonaparte preferred the former royal quarters for his throne room. Here, his blue throne, framed framed by golden eagles, laurel wreaths and the ubiquitous initial "N', can still be admired today.
The emperor's high aesthetic standards enabled a golden era of French craftsmanship. Many objects were manufactured in the Empire style, including bronze-fitted furniture, sumptuous brocades, fine porcelain, artfully decorated weapons and a wealth of beautifully crafted portrait coins, which carried his face far beyond the borders of France.
The Montblanc Patron of Art Homage to Napoléon Bonaparte Limited Edition 92 honours the emperor's artistic sense in many ways. The sword-shaped clip bears the Napoléonic "N' so prominently displayed on Napoléon Bonaparte's throne in Fontainebleau.
The clip end is decorated with a red garnet recalling the magnificent coronation ring of his wife Joséphine. The cap is crowned by the Montblanc emblem in mother-of pearl.
A generation of artists
David, Ingres, Géricault, Gros. Today, they are among some of the most famous French painters of the early 19th century, chosen to celebrate Napoléon Bonaparte's reign on giant canvases.
Each painting is skilfully staged with lighting effects and garments that seem almost touchable. One of the most famous is Napoléon at the Saint-Bernard Pass, in which the artist Jacques-Louis David shows the first consul in military uniform and bicorn hat as he crosses the Alps on horseback. In this campaign, he followed in the footsteps of Hannibal and Charlemagne, who are both named at the bottom of the painting.
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres portrayed him in the painting Napoléon on His Imperial
Throne as the powerful emperor in coronation attire included ermine-lined velvet robes, a sceptre and a and golden laurel wreath. Napoléon Bonaparte, who was passionate about encouraging a new, uniquely French painting style, declared in 1802 that he would commission four monumental history paintings and two status dedicated to meritorious French figures every two years But not only obiects of fine art were created during Napoléon Bonaparte's reign, but also magnificent objects to convey his power. One of the most famous is his coronation sword, featuring the 141-carat Regent Diamond in the hilt.
An engraving inspired by this sword-hilt decorates the handerafted Au 750 solid yellowgold nib.
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