Krone Forbidden City Pen Set Rare #14/18 Mint, Boxed, Complete, Perfect
KRONE FORBIDDEN CITY PEN SET – RARE #14/18 MINT, BOXED, COMPLETE, PERFECT! BOTH FOUNTAIN PENS ARE SKILLFULLY CRAFTED BY HAND USING THE FINEST LACQUERING SECRET TECHNIQUES DEVELOPED CENTURIES AGO AND PASSED ON FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION IN RUSSIA. EACH PEN IS SIGNED BY THE ARTIST. IT TAKES APPROXIMATELY 6 MONTHS TO COMPLETE EACH PEN BY A. MATCHING SERIAL NUMBER ENGRAVED ON EACH PEN: 14/288 – FOR THE EMPEROR QIANLONG AND 14/18 FOR THE HUIXIAN. CAREFULLY HANDCRAFTED 18K SOLID TWO TONE (YELLOW AND WHITE) GOLD. HERE IS THE OFFICIAL KRONE DESCRIPTION. Emperor Qianlong ruled China for sixty years, from 1735 to 1795. He ascended the throne at the age of 25 and had the longest tenure of any Chinese emperor. His Qing Dynasty reign is widely viewed by historians as a successful one. China was at peace and prospered under his enlightened rule. Architecture and the arts were of great interest to him and rose to unprecedented heights under his guidance. He personally developed a series of beautiful European-style summer palaces and retreats and was also an accomplished calligrapher. By the time of his abdication in 1795, Qianlong was the absolute ruler of 300 million people. Up to that point in recorded history, no king or emperor in the world ruled more people, and to this day, nobody has ruled that many subjects with the absolute power accorded to Qianlong. Qianlong’s great gift was a genius for organization and administration, and while he retained much of the government structure established by his Ming Dynasty predecessors, he made two fundamental changes that would become one of his great legacies. One was to shift central power away from the Imperial Chancery to a group of personal assistants, effectively establishing a cabinet for the emperor. The second was to wrest control of government finances from an insular group of palace eunuchs and establish something called the Imperial House Department, which was under his control. This ensured that the emperor made all strategic decisions. Qianlong enjoyed hunting as a respite from the rigors of government and politics. He spent one month every summer at his Chengde retreat and while there would visit the Mulan hunting preserve often. He would organize large hunts for bears and tigers with thousands of men to develop soldiering skills, as well as to show off his considerable martial skills. These hunts would often have upwards of 30,000 people in attendance. His family, royal courtiers and elite soldiers would accompany him in what was a continuation of a Manchu tradition of living in forests. The entourage would hunt game during the day, cook over campfires for dinner and then sleep in tents. These hunting trips were well documented by artists of the imperial court, who would capture the emperor in brave encounters with bears and tigers. When Qianlong assumed power he understood well the symbolic power of the Forbidden City, which had served as the seat of Chinese government since 1420. The basic structure of the Forbidden City remained intact until the end of Qianlong’s rule, as did the functions of each building. It was a massive complex that covered almost eight million square feet and had over 9000 residents, many of whom spent their entire lives within its secretive walls. While he acknowledged the symbolic power of the Forbidden City, Qianlong did not like its cramped, dark spaces and spent the majority of his time at a series of beautiful retreats and European-style palaces built by the Qing Dynasty. Krone honors the Forbidden City with this unique, highly detailed, hand painted pen. This special free form shaped pen represents the silhouette of Qianlong. The exquisite painting highlights Qianlong and his attire. There is an authentic piece of the Forbidden City set expertly in the band on the blind cap. The edition is 288 fountain pens worldwide. The first 18 pieces of the edition are available as a exclusive set which also includes an additional pen. This pen is also a special free form shape but, is painted as Huixian, the Imperial Consort to the emperor Qianlong. THE PENS WERE NEVER USED, ALWAYS KEPT IN THE SAFE UNDER CLIMATE CONTROLLED CONDITIONS. PLEASE SEE THE ORIGINAL PICTURES OF THE ACTUAL ITEM OFFERED HERE FOR SALE. THE CONDITION IS PERFECT, A TRULLY EYE CANDY FOR A SOPHISTICATED COLLECTOR. YOU WILL GET EVERYTHING YOU SEE IN THE PICTURES. CHECK OUR FEEDBACK BY A LIST OF SATISFIED CUSTOMERS WORLDWIDE. WE SPECIALIZE IN HIGH-END ITEMS LIKE S. DUPONT AND MONTBLANC PENS AND S. PLEASE ASK QUESTIONS IF LOOKING FOR RARE LIMITED EDITIONS. YOUR EMAILS ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED. Track Page Views With. Auctiva’s FREE Counter. The item “KRONE FORBIDDEN CITY PEN SET RARE #14/18 MINT, BOXED, COMPLETE, PERFECT” is in sale since Wednesday, June 26, 2013. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Pens\Fountain Pens\Montblanc”. The seller is “dupontbuff” and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.