A Revered Art

    The art of Japanese porcelain making is at the core of Sailor’s Arita writing instruments. Named for the city that gave birth to this art form in Japan more than 400 years ago, the Arita features hand painting on porcelain—a first for Sailor. One of the collection’s six traditional designs, the Koimari-Cherry fountain pen (shown) features a floral motif in vivid shades of blue and red. The porcelain for the cap and barrel is crafted in much the same way as in the Edo period (1603-1868), during which highly accomplished artisans produced wares reserved for the royal courts and nobility. The Arita fountain pens, with 21-karat gold nibs, are priced between $1,500 and $3,000. (www.sailorpen.com)

    ?Nancy Olson

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