FrontRunners: Love Letters

<< Back to Robb Report, February 2004
  • Laurie Kahle

Although he became a legend for his amorous proclivities, Casanova was also a renowned adventurer and writer who authored epic memoirs depicting his exploits in 18th-century Venice. Last year, Italian artisan penmaker Omas (800.321.4832, www.omas.com) paid homage to the Venetian Republic with three special collections, the third of which honors Casanova. Created in partnership with Ginori Co. President Richard Ginori, whose business specializes in porcelain and majolica, the limited edition porcelain and 18-karat-gold Casanova ($4,695) commemorates a time of sophistication and seduction, says Gianluca Malaguti Simoni, Omas’ artistic designer and grandson of the company’s founder. “[It was a] time when malicious smiles hidden by perfumed fans and eloquent glances gave way to rendezvous, preludes, amorous encounters, and whispers between powdered wigs.” Fittingly, a cupid adorns the 18-karat nib of this oversize fountain pen, and a cameo depicting the pen’s namesake decorates the upper part of the cap. What better inspiration could there be for penning that very special valentine? 

From Around the Web...
To honor the show’s semicentennial, we present a phaser rifle, Kirk’s captain’s chair, and more…
The collection of 350 drawing tools is almost as colorful as the personality that inspired them…
The backless, rhinestone-covered evening gown will be auctioned in Los Angeles…
Photography by Jean-François Jaussaud
Art dealer Victor Gastou furnishes a 19th-century property with modern decorative art…
Manhattan’s new Twenty First gallery shines a spotlight on artist Emmanuel Babled…
Photo by Mike Bruce
London’s Louis Guinness Gallery will offer notable necklaces by Alexander Calder…
Photo by Benjamin Benschneider
The Seattle-based architect turns art lovers’ homes into living museums…
Posters for acts like Hendrix, Dylan, and Cash are crossing the auction block for the first time…
The contents of Tut’s tomb paint a decadent picture of Egypt’s famous boy pharaoh…
Items include a gold medal won by Jesse Owens and a jersey worn in hockey’s “Miracle on Ice” match…