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FrontRunners: Mythic Proportions

Laurie Kahle

As the Olympic torch makes its way home to Athens this month, you can expect the usual deluge of commemorative souvenirs. Montegrappa (www.montegrappa1912.com, 866.854.1674), however, honors the event in an extraordinary way, using Italian design and artistry to convey classic Greek themes.

The new limited-edition Classical Greece pen is rife with allusions to the birthplace of Western civilization, from its brilliant Aegean blue celluloid body to the fluted, columnlike silver cap to the engraved Olympic flame on the 18-karat gold nib. At the end of the barrel is an ancient map of Peloponnesus rendered in hand-applied hot enamel, a technique performed by only a few artisans worldwide. Several limited variations on the theme will be produced, including an 18-karat pink gold and diamond fountain pen limited to 15 pieces and priced at $14,700.

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Courtesy of Shakespeare and Company - Paul Foster Books - the NY Antiquarian Book Fair
Photo courtesy of Klein Sun Gallery, New York; Li Hongbo