Every year since 1992, Montblanc issues a limited edition fountain pen in connection with the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, as a tribute to the most important patrons of art and culture in the past centuries. These are meticulously hand-crafted instruments available in the spring of every year. This year, Montblanc celebrates the life of the fourth son of the Milanese duke Francesco Sforza, Ludovico Sforza, born in 1452. He grew up to be one of the most powerful and prosperous rulers of the Renaissance. The Duke of Milan was also one of the most important supporters of Leonardo da Vinci during the Milanese Renaissance.
The Sterling Silver Limited Edition 4810 Ludovico Sforza cap and barrel are made of black precious lacquer and are adorned with Leonardo da Vinci’s designs in inlays of 925 sterling silver,inspired by the fresco of the Sala delle Asse Castle in Milan. The shape of the cap and the clip recalls the architecture of the castle of the Duke, and the cap ring is reminiscent of the testone, a silver coin minted in honor of Sforza. The solid 750 gold rhodium-plated nib is engraved with Ludovico Sforza’s family coat of arms. This piece is limited to 4,810 writing instruments.
The Solid Gold Limited Edition 888 Ludovico Sforza has the same elements found on the Sterling Silver Limited Edition 4810, except on this pen, da Vinci’s designs are on a dark translucent blue lacquer with solid gold fittings meant to reflect the color of the ceiling fresco. The Montblanc emblem is in distinct mother-of-pearl. The solid 750 gold nib is engraved with Ludovico Sforza’s family coat of arms. Overall, this fine pen is meant to represent Sforza’s court. This piece is limited to only 888 writing instruments.
Available in April 2013. The Sterling Silver Limited Edition 4810 Ludovico Sforza will be available for £1,765, and the Solid Gold Limited Edition 888 will be available for £6,400.