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Graf Von Faber Castell Limited Edition Pen of The Year 2016 Schonbrunn Vienna Gold Plated Fountain Pen

In 1736, Maria Theresa married Francis Stephen of Lorraine, whom she knew and treasured from childhood.
This was a marriage of love, which was very unusual for the time.
The ruling couple spent the summer months in Schönbrunn Palace, which Maria Theresa had specially renovated.
This 1441-room, magnificent building became the cultural and political centre of the Hapsburg Empire.
Important matters were decided there, and lively celebrations were also held.
After 29 years of a happy marriage, Maria Theresa lost her beloved husband unexpectedly in 1765.
The only things that gave her joy come from China, especially lacquerware.
Lacquer was seen at that time as especially precious, as well as the epitome of luxury and exquisite taste due to the
extremely costly and time consuming process of extracting it from the lacquer tree.
Maria Theresa therefore spared no expense when furnishing the memorial room for Francis Stephen with their shared passion for Far East lacquer art
Among the prized possessions of the huge collection at Schönbrunn Palace are valuable Chinese screens from the imperial manufactory in Beijing.
Their black lacquer panels masterly-painted with gold using the Chinese Miaojin technique were placed in panelling made from flamed maple and set with a gilded frame in 1770.
Delicate gold paintings of landscapes, pagodas and floral patterns have giving expressions of happiness, fortune, transience and immortality.
Black, masterly-painted lacquer panels placed in panelling made from flamed maple and set with a gilded frame have
adorned the Vieux-Laque Room in Schönbrunn Palace since 1770.
This story is the inspiration for the Pen of the Year 2016. The 24K gold-plated Special Edition pens are set with burnished black lacquer plates and decorated with 24K gold powder in the Hira Maki-e tradition. 
The cap is adorned by a faceted Onyx which is ground and polished by hand. The fountain pens offer a plunger mechanism and a hand-engraved bi-color 18K gold nib.
The numbered are presented in a black wood case with an authenticity certificate signed by the master craftsmen.
 


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