As a part of its ongoing support for arts and culture, Montblanc has been recognizing the exceptional contributions of today’s patrons of the arts since 1992 with the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award. Every year, in honour of handing the Award, a unique Limited Edition writing instrument inspired by a historical patron of the arts is commissioned to honour the contemporary ones.
The latest Montblanc Patron of Art edition celebrates the extraordinary life and cultural legacy of the late Ludwig II of Bavaria, sometimes referred also as the “Swan King” or the “Fairy Tale King”. As a patron of Richard Wagner, he smoothed the way for the creation of the composer’s greatest works including Tristan and Isolde, Die Meistersinger, and Parsifal. In addition to his love for music and theatre, King Ludwig II was dedicated to build extraordinary palaces, such as the fairy tale Schloss Neuschwanstein, which is a dramatic romantic fortress decorated with scenes from Wagner’s operatic masterpieces.
A recurring symbol throughout the king’s life, the swan is a central design theme of the Patron of Art Homage to Ludwig II. The Limited Edition 4810 has a cap made out of translucent lacquer with a special guilloche design underneath that emulates the white feathers. As well as a champagne goldcoated clip shaped like the long curved neck and head of the graceful swan. Contrasting with the cap, the blue of the translucent lacquer barrel mirrors the blue of Ludwig’s official royal portrait as well as the blue of the pillars inside the throne room at Neuschwanstein. The regal crown shape on the cap top and the engraved lettering on the gold cone was inspired by the royal seal of the Bavarian monarch.
With its birds and floral motifs, the skeleton design of the Patron of Art Homage to Ludwig II Limited Edition 888 was inspired by mural paintings of the lavish throne room at Neuschwanstein. Meanwhile, the the Patron of Art Homage to Ludwig II Limited Edition 40 is avaiable for 40 pieces only. The fountain pen is made from solid Au750 champagne-coloured gold. The cap of the writing instrument features a guilloché under a white lacquer surface masterfully decorated with a hand-engraved gold inlay of a lion motif, symbol of Bavaria.
With a limitation of just five pieces to commemorate the date of 5 September 1869 when the construction of Neuschwanstein Castle began, the Patron of Art Homage to Ludwig II Limited Edition 5 is a tribute to the lavish world of the king himself.
An enigmatic king that is still fascinating 130 years after his death, Ludwig II has left an indelible legacy on culture. From his patronage of Richard Wagner and his great operas that still enthral audiences today to the fantastical castles of Bavaria that still attracts visitor from around the world—Montblanc remembers him as a man who spent his life in pursuit of beauty and artistry.