For the occasion of the 500 anniversary of the foundation of Saint Peter’s Basilica, Stipula and Stelle dell’Orsa have created a collector’s fountain pen inspired by the twisting bronze columns of the Baldacchino (canopy) that Bernini created as the focal point of the Basilica. Thus, the design of the fountain pen echoes the column’s spiral motif and the olive branch ornamentation – symbols of peace and the rebirth of life. The material of the canopy has also been adopted by the fountain pen so that the body of it is crafted in bronze.
After the engraving has been completed, the base of the decoration is protected with wax so that the intense and brilliant color of the bronze remains while the rest of the object is patinated and glazed in a special bath, which a typical process performed on other sculptural artworks.
Rose gold completes the harmony of the art work in the composition of the clip, the 14k gold nib, and the narrow band engraved with the words of Christ “TV ES PETRVS” (“Thou art Peter” … “and upon this rock I will build my church” Matthew, 16,18). Adorning the rose gold clip, a natural 10 points of a carat ruby, a distinctive symbol of the high ecclesiastical hierarchy.
At the top of the cap, which can also be inserted onto the end piece, the official emblem of the Jubileum of the Basilica has been engraved.
The pen you are buying is number 1/500. The pen will come with a medium nib.