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To mark the 20th anniversary of the Montblanc Patron of Art Edition, Montblanc is honouring Gaius Cilnius Maecenas – whose name has become an eponym for "patron of the arts" – with a limited edition luxury fountain pen.

The design of both Editions is inspired by the columns of Roman temples. The barrel of Edition 4810 is finished in marbled lacquer, while the barrel of Edition 888 is made of the finest marble in homage to the material that has come to symbolise the Roman Empire.

In Edition 4810, the first verse of Horace’s ode to Maecenas appears on the cap, which, like the rings, is crafted from 925 sterling silver. In Edition 888, this first line is rendered in 750 solid gold on a skeletonised cap, which features a ring engraved with "Gaius Cilnius Maecenas". Edition 888 also features Maecenas's portrait on a replica ancient Roman coin positioned on the bottom of the cone.

The 18K gold nib, which is rhodium-plated in Edition 4810, is adorned with fine engravings of a laurel wreath and the Roman numerals "MMXI", emphasising that this unique Edition is dedicated to the spiritual father of patronage.

Limited Edition 4810

Launch: 2011
Limitation: 4.810 Fountain Pens

Characteristics:
• Cap and fittings made of 925 sterling silver
• Barrel finished in marbled lacquer
• Maecenas's portrait on the bottom of the cone
• Rhodium-plated 18K gold nib

Limited Edition 888

Launch: 2010
Limitation: 888 Fountain Pens

Characteristics:
• Skeletonised cap in 750 solid gold
• Barrel made of the finest marble
• Fittings made of 750 solid gold
• Maecenas's portrait on the bottom of the cone
• 18K gold nib

About

Gaius Maecenas — the first patron of the arts and culture. Gaius Cilnius Maecenas was born around 70 BC in what is today known as Arezzo in Tuscany. Well educated and of aristocratic birth, Maecenas enjoyed immense wealth throughout his life and achieved political influence as a friend and advisor of the Roman Emperor Augustus.

The true passion of Gaius Maecenas, however, was art and culture. Above all, the magic of lyrical verse and poetry – whose spiritual fathers he felt compelled to support – drew Maecenas under its spell. He felt committed to nurturing the intellectual progenitors of this art, such as Horace and Virgil, who thereby were able to devote their lives to lyrical verse and develop their artistry to ever-greater heights.

As the first recorded patron in the history of the arts and culture, Gaius Maecenas became a symbolic figure and representative for cultural responsibility and selfless commitment – today, his name lives on in many Germanic and Roman languages as the root of the synonym for ‘patron of the arts’, while his philosophy endures around the world in the hearts and minds of all those people who feel a moral commitment to the provision of selfless patronage to artists and the creative community.

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To mark the 20th anniversary of the Montblanc Patron of Art Edition, Montblanc is honouring Gaius Cilnius Maecenas – whose name has become an eponym for "patron of the arts" – with a limited edition luxury fountain pen.

The design of both Editions is inspired by the columns of Roman temples. The barrel of Edition 4810 is finished in marbled lacquer, while the barrel of Edition 888 is made of the finest marble in homage to the material that has come to symbolise the Roman Empire.

In Edition 4810, the first verse of Horace’s ode to Maecenas appears on the cap, which, like the rings, is crafted from 925 sterling silver. In Edition 888, this first line is rendered in 750 solid gold on a skeletonised cap, which features a ring engraved with "Gaius Cilnius Maecenas". Edition 888 also features Maecenas's portrait on a replica ancient Roman coin positioned on the bottom of the cone.

The 18K gold nib, which is rhodium-plated in Edition 4810, is adorned with fine engravings of a laurel wreath and the Roman numerals "MMXI", emphasising that this unique Edition is dedicated to the spiritual father of patronage.

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