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Auction: Fine Writing Instruments
was auctioned on: 23 May 2011
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DUNHILL-NAMIKI: Bird and Ferns Maki-e Fountain Pen

Estimate: US$0
Price realised:  US$3,416
Lot number 132, Views: 6

An exquisite maki-e fountain pen depicting a bird in flight over ferns. #3 lever filled, 1920s. Black lacquer ground, together with gold, red, green, brown and silver hiramakie. The pen is signed by maki-e master Shucho (see inset illustration). This pen is not referenced in Hutt & Overbury's "Alfred Dunhill: The Art of Lacquer Pens" (Ontario: 2000), nor in any other known references, and appears to be rather uncommon. Pen shows signs of use, including light wear to maki-e work, but no significant damage. High-point brassing to goldfilled trim. No packaging or paperwork. Bonhams is grateful to Mr. Stephen Overbury for contributing his expertise in identifying the artist and vintage of this pen.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: Fine Writing Instruments
Date of the auction: 23 May 2011
Address: Bonhams London
Los Angeles 7601 W. Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90046 Tel: +1 323 850 7500 Fax : +1 323 850 6090 [email protected]