Classical ornamental motifs were revived during the Renaissance and later in the eighteenth century as there was a renewed interest in Greek and Roman civilisation. This was especially true in the second half of the Eighteenth Century in Europe, where a renewed interest in all aspects of Greek and Roman civilisation led to the increasing influence of classical antiquity on artistic creations. By the 1770’s Neoclassicism came to dominate European architecture, painting, sculpture, and decorative arts, and it remained a stylistic force well into the Nineteenth Century.
The classic design of our Greek Palmette Pen is based on the popular palmette pattern found on many objects in the Museum’s collection including a bucket-shaped vase for wine. The vase presents an appropriately spirited depiction of the wine-god Dionysos driving his griffin-drawn chariot to a gathering of his followers. On the back, Dionysos is seated between a satyr and a maenad and is surrounded by his attributes, including a fawn, a cista (cylindrical box), and wreaths. This ornamental palmette motif, based on the fan-shaped leaves of a palm tree, can be found on the handle of the original vase. Ballpoint, black ink, medium point type, 1mm tip. Twist action. Brass barrel and clip with printed lacquer and silver overlay. 5 1/4”L. Gift boxed. Refillable. Uses Schmidt P900 or standard Parker refill.
Brass barrel and clip with printed lacquer and silver overlay. Refillable. Uses Schmidt P900 or standard Parker refill. Twist action Ballpoint Black ink, medium point type, 1mm tip. Gift boxed. 5 1/4”L