A surrealist masterpiece, dedicated to legendary Salvador Dalí.
The Space Elephant: Montegrappa’s designers have transformed these noble beasts, portrayed ‘with long, multi-jointed, almost invisible legs of desire along with obelisks on their backs’ into miniature manifestations of Dalí’s art. On the Dalí pen, the elephant embraces a barrel of Mediterranean blue celluloid for the silver edition, or in malachite green for the solid gold version. When the pen is opened, a quote from the autobiography, The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí, is inscribed on the inner barrel. Montegrappa will issue only 1000 sterling silver fountain pens and 989 rollerball pens, denoting 1989 – the year that Dalí died. 19 solid gold rollerball pens and 61 fountain pens will represent the year he created the 1961 jewellery, The Space Elephant.
The pens are packaged, appropriately, in an egg-shaped container, in recognition of another Dalíesque image. For the artist, the egg symbolised hope and love.
The third ‘creative genius’ in Montegrappa’s roster of peerless artists is Salvador Dalí. A visionary who personified surrealism, he was also a writer, filmmaker and designer. Blessed not only with technical skills talent but also with a unique visual sense, Dalí produced a number of significant works so original and startling that they have entered the global consciousness. Among the most famous is his 1944 work, Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening, which has inspired Montegrappa’s designers to devise a pen worthy of Dalí’s vision. It was the first of a number of works to contain a form, which would become a recurring image in Dalí's work: The Space Elephant.
This project has been supervised and licensed by the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, the cultural institution created by Salvador Dalí himself in 1983. Salvador Dalí personally chaired and ran the Fundació until his death. The Kingdom of Spain, Dalí’s universal heir, granted the Fundació exclusive power to manage Salvador Dalí’s estate, both material and immaterial (copyright, image and industrial property rights, registered names and other elements derived from the artist’s life and work). The Fundació runs the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, which presents the most comprehensive collection of the artist’s work, the Gala Dalí Castle-Museum in Púbol and the Salvador Dalí house in Port Lligat, Cadaqués.
Nib: 18K gold
Fountain pen filling systems: cartridge, converter
Nib writing grades: fine, medium, broad