Our first homage to a momentous Italian work of art. To commemorate the 700th anniversary of the death of one of literature’s greatest figures we are inaugurating a new collector series with Dante Alighieri: Inferno.
Completed in 1320, Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic narrative poem divided in three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso. Over 14,233 lines of rhyming verse, Dante embarks on a 6-day voyage that describes the journey of the soul towards God. Inferno is Dante’s most famous work, and vividly charts his descent into hell and his renunciation of sin.
From top disc to blindcap, Dante Alighieri: Inferno illustrates the poet’s voyage with intricate lost-wax casting. Between the mysterious, hand-enamelled forest where Dante’s journey begins, and the devil’s realm, our craftspeople have recreated each of hell’s nine circles: limbo; lust; gluttony; greed; wrath; heresy; violence; fraud and treachery. A pocket-clip evoking Lucifer’s tail appears to exit through the cap after extending through the entire length of the pen.
Built around a core of Montegrappite, sterling silver versions are made in editions of 333 fountain pens and rollerballs, while an 18K gold edition comprises 9 examples in each mode. Edition sizes reference the extraordinary patterns found throughout the Divine Comedy. Fountain pens are piston-fed, with an 18K gold nib (EF, F, M, B, BB, Stub 1.1) customised with Dante’s profile and paired with an ebonite feed.
Custom packaging resembles an antique, embossed leather book, with velvet lining and a keeper bearing the words “Lasciate ogni speranza voi ch′intrate” (Abandon all hope, ye who enter here) to secure the pen in place.