To realise the aesthetic of Apparition of Face and Fruit-Dish on a Beach in a pen, Montegrappa’s artisans used pearl-grey resin with the trim representing the elongated face and the fruit, the cap graced with Dalí’s signature. The packaging, too, recreates the face, opening to reveal the pen with the lips parting.
The Salvador Dalí Surrealista is a limited edition consisting of 1000 fountain pens and 938 rollerballs with sterling silver trim, and 19 rollerballs and 38 fountain pens with solid 18k gold trim. 1938 commemorates the date the painting was made, which is co-incidentally the date when Leopoldo Tullio Aquila, father of Gianfranco Aquila, Montegrappa’s Chairman, and the grandfather of Montegrappa’s CEO Giuseppe Aquila, started his collaboration with Montegrappa.
Montegrappa’s proud association with the works of this renowned artist has been supervised and licensed by the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, the cultural institution created by Salvador Dalí himself in 1983. 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.