Montegrappa Limited Edition Salvador Dali Rollerball Pen
Inspiration for the Montegrappa Salvador Dalí Limited Edition Rollerball Pen was derived from the Gian Lorenzo Bernini's sculpture, the 'Pulcino della Minerva', unveiled in February 1667 and which still stands outside the basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome. Known as 'Bernini's Chick', it portrays an image originating in the mysterious Renaissance novel, Hypnerotomachia Polyphili of 1499. Dreams play a crucial role in the novel, and the image of the elephant bearing the obelisk adds an unmistakably dream-like quality to Dalí's paintings. Dalí took Bernini’s elephant and, with his inimitable sense of proportion, stretched its legs to unreal lengths.
Montegrappa's designers have transformed these noble beasts, portrayed ‘with long, multi-jointed, almost invisible legs of desire along with obelisks on their backs' into miniature manifestations of Dalí's art. On the Dalí pen, the elephant embraces a barrel of Mediterranean blue celluloid for the silver edition. When the pen is opened, a quote from the autobiography, The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí, is inscribed on the sterling silver inner barrel.
Montegrappa will issue only 1000 sterling silver fountain pens and 989 rollerball pens, denoting 1989 - the year that Dalí died. The pens are packaged, appropriately, in an egg-shaped container, in recognition of another Dalíesque image. For the artist, the egg symbolized hope and love.
Montegrappa Limited Edition Salvador Dali Rollerball Pen Features
- Inspired by Gian Lorenzo Bernini's sculpture, the 'Pulcino della Minerva'
- Barrel of the pen features the elephant embracing the Mediterranean blue celluloid
- When opened a quote from Dalí’s autobiography is inscribed on the inner barrel
- Arrives packaged in an egg-shaped container symbolizing hope and love
- Limited to 989 pieces