Visconti Medici Fountain Pen - Deep Brown Basilica, Eight sided oversize Fountain Pen - Italy c. 2017
Made with a brand new material called Acrosilk. Visconti sought out a new material, something that would be reminiscent of these princely Italian mansions. They created a new material by combining acrylic resin and silk fibres and called it Acrosilk. The Acrosilk in the Medici is deep brown with flecks of a lighter, golden brown, reminiscent of the wood used to construct its namesake's luxury villas. The Medici family crest is engraved into the gold-plated trim, completing Visconti's tribute to the Medicis.
The Visconti Medici fountain pen is an 8-sided, oversized fountain pen designed to invoke the spirit of the Medici mansions of Florence. Trimmed with rose gold, this regular edition fountain pen utilizes Visconti's power filler mechanism and is fitted with an oversized 18k palladium nib. The Medici is the perfect combination of innovative materials and proven designs. Trimmed with rose gold, this regular edition fountain pen utilizes Visconti's power filler, fitted with titanium piston rod and barrel to cap twist lock system. The Medici is fitted with an oversized rose gold-plated nib. The Medici is the perfect combination of innovative materials and proven designs.
Measurements and Specifications
Closed Length: 146.2mm (5.76in)
Posted Length: 169.0mm (6.65in)
Barrel Length (including Section and nib): 131.8mm (5.19in)
Nib Length: 23.8mm (0.94in)
Cap Length: 60.0mm (2.36in
Cap Diameter: 16.1mm (0.63in)
Body Diameter: 14.4mm (0.57in)
Nib: 23k Palladium 950 - Mono Tone - Broad Writing Tip
Filling System: Vac Power Filler
Cap Type: Bayonet Twist Lock (can be posted onto rear of barrel)
Pen Weight: 41.0g (1.45oz)
Max Ink Capacity - Piston Vac: 1.76ml
Made from 23k palladium . Nib is stamped 'VISCONTI - 23k Pd 950 - FIRENZE - B' Nib has good flex and a very smooth medium writing tip.
Pen has been fully serviced by Hepworth Dixon. All parts disassembled and ultrasonically cleaned. Reassembled, write tested and finally flushed with clean de-ionised water.
Pen is in immaculate condition, with no signs of wear or use. Piston vacuum filling system slides with ease and draws up maximum ink volume. Overall pen is ready to write and is in near mint condition. Pen is supplied in its original presentation case. Included within case is a Visconti owners manual and a special polishing cloth (unopened).
The Medici family ruled the city of Florence, Italy throughout the Renaissance. They had a major influence on the growth of the Italian Renaissance through their patronage of the arts and humanism. The Medici family were wool merchants and bankers. Early on they supported the painter Masaccio and helped pay the architect Brunelleschi to rebuild the Basilica of San Lorenzo. Other famous artists that the Medici supported include Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello, and Leonardo da Vinci.
You cannot learn the history of Florence without hearing about the much celebrated Medici family. The family was a noble house that stood out for their political, financial, and cultural influence on the city of Florence. Most of all, the Medici family was known for their passionate contributions to the development of Humanism and the Italian Renaissance. Predominantly bankers, the family owned one of the largest and most respected banks in Europe at the time. The Medici family were avid patrons of the arts and served as the patron for many artists, including Brunelleschi, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. It was during the Medici's patronage that da Vinci illustrated Luca Pacioli's The Divine Proportion which described the formula for geometric relationships that are pleasing to the eye. Thus, this pen is a tribute to one of the greatest dynasties in Italian history.