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Montblanc Debuts Homage to the Swan King

Montblanc introduced a Patron of Art Homage to Ludwig II limited edition pen collection last week in conjunction with the annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award. The award honors another great patron of the arts, the Swan King himself, Ludwig II.

Montblanc has long supporting the arts and culture in a variety of ways, including the annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, instituted in 1992. These days, the award is bestowed to individuals in 17 countries, throughout the year, who have demonstrated a personal commitment to art through a variety of efforts.

The Ludwig II Limited Edition 888 with an 18-karat gold overlay and platinum-coated details.

Last year, the event began in Spain, and the Patron of Art Homage to Scipione Borghese writing instrument encased in a trophy was awarded to Spanish gallerist Soledad Lorenzo. A collection of limited-edition writing instruments available to the public was built around the exclusive award pen.

This year, the Award event kicked off in Munich at the royal Residenz recognizing Jürgen Wesseler for his exceptional contribution to the world of contemporary arts. Wesseler was chosen for his support of artists of the Avant-garde and a lifetime of pioneering work as the founder and director of Bremerhavener “Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst.”

The Ludwig II Limited Edition 4810 featuring a translucent blue lacquer barrel.

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“The royal Residenz in Munich was the city palace where Ludwig II of Bavaria, one of the great patrons of the 19th century, resided. It is fitting and symbolic that this celebration for one of Germany’s modern-day patrons should be held in this very palace,” explained Vincent Montalescot, Executive Vice President Marketing Montblanc.

Ludwig II Limited Edition 40 in 18-karat champagne gold.

Ludwig II was an avid patron of composer Richard Wagner, and also became enthralled by constructing extraordinary palaces (“fantasies in stone”) such as the fairytale Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria.

The image of a swan was a recurring motif throughout the king’s life, beginning with the castle where he grew up, Hohenschwangau (“high region of the swan”). This imagery recurs on the pen collection, which has been created in four distinct versions, each with an elegantly curved clip reminiscent of the graceful bird.

Ludwig II Limited Edition 5, with pavé-set diamonds.

The most exclusive version of the collection, with only five pieces available, is the Ludwig II Limited Edition 5, crafted in solid champagne-colored gold in a Romanesque style, alight with pavé-set diamonds. The barrel features an inlay of miniature plumasserie (feather art) framed by an opulent guilloche pattern. The crown on the cap is set with a Montblanc diamond, of course. The other versions of the pen include the Ludwig II Limited Edition 40, the Ludwig II Limited Edition 888 and the Ludwig II Limited Edition 4810.

Till Fellrath, Chairman Montblanc Cultural Foundation, Moritz Wesseler, Director Cologne Art Association and son of Jürgen Wesseler, founder of the Cabinet for Contemporary Art in Bremerhaven, Sam Bardaouil, Chairman Montblanc Cultural Foundation, and Vincent Montalescot, Executive Vice President Marketing Montblanc International.

Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images for Montblanc