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Montegrappa Limited Edition Silver Salvador Dali Rollerball Pen

Montegrappa Limited Edition Silver Salvador Dali Rollerball Pen

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    The Montegrappa Salvador Dali limited edition fountain pen was inspired by Gian Lorenzo Bernini's sculpture, the 'Pulcino della Minerva', (The Elephant & The Obelisk) unveiled in February 1667 and still standing 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 this novel, and the image of the elephant bearing the obelisk adds an unmistakably dream-like quality to Dali's paintings. Dali 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 Dali's art. On the Dali pen, the elephant embraces a barrel of Mediterranean blue celluloid. When the pen is opened, a quote from the autobiography, The Secret Life of Salvador Dali, is inscribed on the sterling silver barrel.

    Montegrappa has issued 1000 sterling silver fountain pens and 989 rollerball pens, denoting 1989 - the year Dali died. The pens are packaged appropriately in an egg-shaped container in recognition of another Daliesque image. For the artist, the egg symbolized hope and love.

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