The Patron of Art Edition Friedrich II the Great is dedicated to a remarkable king.
The Friedrich II the Great fountain pen is based on Montblanc's Boheme model, and was issued in 1999 as a limited edition of 4810 numbered pieces. It is a safety pen, that uses a cartridge-only filling system and has a gold coated barrel and cap.
With this limited edition Montblanc pays tribute to Frederick the Great as a passionate supporter of the Enlightenment, as a patron of the fine arts, and as a far sighted promoter of culture.
His efforts laid the foundations which allowed Prussia, and Berlin, to become one of the key cultural centres in Europe.
Against the background of the Enlightenment, Prussia attracted the great artists and thinkers of the age. Among the best-known were the French philosopher Voltaire and the architect von Knobelsdorff.
Frederick, himself a writer, repeatedly sought contact with other thinkers, and especially his close friend Voltaire, who was a guest at the palace of Sans Souci for many years. The king's best-known book, "Anti-Machiavelli", was inspired by his conversations with Voltaire.
In it, Frederick describes his view of the king's function as that of "the first servant of the state". In this role, Frederick the Great built up unique art collections, instituted wide-reaching reforms, and had theaters and opera houses built in Berlin, in addition to Sans Souci Palace.
It is hardly surprising that Frederick became the most popular European of his age, revered throughout Europe in educated and enlightened circles.
The pen we have available is new from our stock and in overall perfect condition, it only shows minor signs of storage over the years. It comes with the luxurious giftbox Montblanc prepared for this edition.