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Sir Henry Tate

The Patron of Art Edition “Sir Henry Tate”, strictly limited to 4810 fountain pens, is characterised by clear, tectonic shapes. The inspirational source is the neoclassical architecture of Tate Britain, the museum financed by Sir Henry Tate. The geometrical lines of the platinum-plated body and the decoration of the cap rings reflect characteristic elements in the style of the museum building. In elegant contrast, the cap and body feature red lacquer guilloche inlays and the cap head bears an ivory-coloured Montblanc star.

The platinum-plated 18-karat gold nib can be retracted with a twisting movement. It is finely engraved with two sugar canes, an allusion to the raw material that enabled Sir Henry Tate, as it says in his foundation statutes “to help British art achieve its rightful place and thus provide pleasure to millions of people in this and further generations”.

The exclusive edition also includes the fountain pen “Sir Henry Tate”, of which only 888 will be produced. Made of solid 750 white gold and completed with grey lacquer inlay work. The cap head is surrounded by a series of square-cut diamonds.

Limited Edition 4810
4.810 Fountain Pens
Characteristics:•Platinum-plated barrel and cap
•Red lacquer inlays
•Ivory-coloured Montblanc star
•Platinum-plated 18 kt. gold nib
Limited Edition 888
888 Fountain Pens
Characteristics:•Solid 750 yellow gold
•Red lacquer inlay
•18-karat gold nib with an engraved sugar plant
•Captop set with princess cut diamonds

The most significant patron of British art was a successful sugar trader: Sir Henry Tate. Born in Lanca-shire in 1819, the industrialist used his negotiating skills and innovative spirit to build a sugar empire out of a small company.

He invested his wealth in contemporary art, founded universities, hospitals and libraries and opened the art treasures of his house to the public every Sunday. With a generous donation of £80,000 and 65 valuable paintings from his private collection, Sir Henry Tate laid the foundations for the most Important collection of British art in the United Kingdom in 1879. Today, the name “Tate” stands for a unique network of the fine arts – for four world-renowned museums in which the cultural spirit of their eponymous patron lives on.

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In connection with the annual "Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award", which was established in 1992, Montblanc has issued a strictly Limited Edition fountain pen each year as a tribute to the most important patrons of art and culture in the past centuries, those whose personal commitment and achievements deserve wider recognition.

Since 1992 these meticulously hand-crafted writing instruments have been made available in the spring of every year. They are limited to 4.810 pieces and in an even more precious Limited Edition of only 888 pieces.

Since 1992, the Writers Edition annually honours the world's most famous authors whose works had a lasting impact on generations of readers and maintain relevant to this day. The specific design and
the fine details of each edition – available as a fountain pen, ballpoint pen, pencil and rollerball – represent both a masterly homage to the life's work of its namesake and a fascinating commitment
to writing culture.

The nerve to think differently. The courage to break traditions. The will to overcome barriers. There are people who possessed this mentality and who, over the past century, have altered the course of history, changed our perception of the world and set new standards in art, culture, politics and science.
With the Great Characters Editions, issued for the first time in 2009, Montblanc honors the great figures from history with their groundbreaking work. Handmade by master craftsmen and issued in a strictly limited edition, these exclusive writing instruments are a fascinating tribute to the legacies they left behind.

They were icons of feminine allure, they bestowed inspiration and style upon their contemporaries, and they are remembered to this day for their grace and their attitude. Montblanc honours the
legendary muses of the 20th century with an edition of breathtaking writing instruments that radiate the same elegance and irresistible aura as their namesakes – the Muses Edition.

Montblanc’s Donation Pens honour outstanding personalities from the world of classical and contemporary music – exquisite fountain pens, rollerballs and ballpoint pens that, in their gracefulness and attention to detail, faithfully commemorate the famous personalities after whom they are named.

By purchasing a Donation Pen, people who appreciate music and fine writing instruments acquire not only an exclusive Limited Edition, but also support the promotion of art and culture with the donation Montblanc makes from the revenue of every sold Donation Pen edition.

Every Montblanc Limited Edition tells its own individual story. The inspiration for these Writing Instruments emanates from the cultural history of mankind: its historical milestones, architectural landmarks and most eminent characters are the creative sources for fascinating editions of extraordinary Writing Instruments in strictly limited editions.
Created from the most select materials and shaped by highly skilled master craftsmen with the utmost care and meticulous dedication, these unique Writing Instruments make their proud owners themselves a part of history – a history of unconditional devotion to culture and passionate craftsmanship.

With the Heritage Collection, Montblanc is reconnecting with its rich heritage. The collection drew its inspiration from one of the first fountain pens and embodies the spirit of the early 20th century. The 1912 Limited Edition, made of titanium and limited to 333 pieces, pays tribute to the design trends of this period. The 1914 Limited Edition presents a fountain pen made of precious resin in two versions. The edition in coral red is limited to 333 pieces, while production of the matching model in black has been limited to 1000 in number. The collection features the pioneering double-action screw mechanism technology, a milestone in the history of Montblanc.