Montblanc Unveils its Limited Edition Patron of Art Hadrian
Montblanc pays homage to Publius Aelius Hadrianus with its latest Limited Edition Patron of Art Hadrian.
Montblanc introduces Patron of Art Hadrian, its latest Limited Edition writing instrument that celebrates the cultural legacy and patronage of a historical patron of the arts. The latest Montblanc Patron of Art Edition is dedicated to Publius Aelius Hadrianus (76 –138 AD), the great Roman emperor who ruled for 21 years over an empire spanning three continents, from the Scottish border to the Sahara and from the Atlantic to the Euphrates.
In homage to Hadrian’s lasting architectural legacy, the shape of the gold-coated cap top and cone of the Montblanc Patron of Art Homage to Hadrian Limited Edition is inspired by the impressive Roman buildings he commissioned, in particular those with concrete domes. Like the columns of his buildings, the cap and barrel of the writing instrument are made of Egyptian basalt, making each one unique due to the characteristics of the stone.
The Montblanc emblem in black and white precious resin crowns the centre of the cap top. A yellow gold-coated clip designed in the shape of a ripe wheat sheaf, the main attribute of the goddess Demeter, is a reference to Hadrian’s fascination for Greek culture and the Eleusinian Mysteries. The handcrafted Au 750 gold nib of the writing instrument is decorated with an engraving of the Hadrianic phoenix – a symbol for a new, happy and peaceful era – with a halo and laurel leaf.
The pattern on the top ring and cone ring is inspired by a decoration typically used in the Roman Empire with a connection to the Roman god Janus, the god of time. The gold-coated cap ring is adorned with two intricately crafted medallions. One represents the Greek Hero Antinous who was a symbol of Hadrian’s dreams of pan-Hellenism, the second is an artistic representation of Medusa who is often used in traditional Roman architecture. The words engraved on the cap and cone ring are from the books Historia Augusta (Augustan History) exulting Hadrian as a great emperor.
The Ag925 sterling silver cap top and cone of Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 888 recalls the domed shape of one of Hadrian’s great buildings, while the centre of the cap top is decorated with the Montblanc emblem in precious mother-of-pearl. The square pattern on the cap pays tribute to the Roman interior decoration inside those concrete domes. The cap is adorned with two intricate Au750 solid red gold medallions inspired by the ancient Roman Aureus, a coin highly sought after by collectors because of its purity and value.
The red marble of the barrel evokes the extravagant décor of a Roman building from that era, as well as the winding circular decoration of the Au750 solid red gold part of cone and cap ring representing Janus, the Roman god of all beginnings and endings. The Au750 handcrafted red gold nib, partly rhodium-coated, is engraved with the Hadrianic phoenix with a halo and laurel leaf.
Montblanc Limited Edition Patron of Art Hadrian collection comprises the Montblanc Patron of Art Homage to Hadrian Limited Edition, Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 888, Montblanc Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 76 and Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 5.