MONTBLANC 2018 Patron of Arts Homage to Ludwig II Limited Edition 4810 M + Ink

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MONTBLANC 2018 Patron of Arts Homage to Ludwig II Limited Edition 4810 (a.k.a. The Swan King)

Ref. 117843

Mod. M28503

Year 2018

Es ist notwendig, sich Paradiese zu schaffen, poetische Zufluchtsorte, wo man auf einige  Zeit die schauderhafte Zeit, in der wir leben, vergessen kann

“It is essential to create paradises, poetic refuges, where one can forget the dreadful times in which we live”

King Ludwig II of Bavaria

Ludwig II : Monarch, Fairy-Tale King and patron of the arts

In a letter to his former governess, King Ludwig II of Bavaria, known to feel passionately  about art and music, wrote “I want to remain an eternal mystery to myself and others”  and people continue to be fascinated by the enigmatic figure. His call to duty came at the age of 18 when he held the destiny of a kingdom in his young hands. A proponent of absolutism, he revered a romantic ideal of kingship as represented by the French Sun King Louis XIV. After the restriction of Bavaria’s sovereignty in 1870 , Ludwig retreated  more and more from the political arena and devoted his energies instead to music and art. Richard Wagner ‘s ‘Lohengrin’ was the first opera Ludwig ever attended and it would have a permanent  influence on his aesthetic ideals. The swan became his royal emblem.

Also called the Fairy-Tale King and the Swan King, he exercited his penchant for elaborate castles by building three architectural masterpieces: Linderhof, Herrenchiemsee and Neuschwanstein, the fanciful vision of a medieval fortress. The swan, ever-present in Ludwig’s castles, inspired the design of this model with its swan feather guilloche pattern underneath the white lacquer on the cap. A swan’s graceful neck and head give the champagne-tone gold-coated clip its elegant shape. In reference to the code assigned to the opera ‘Lohengrin’ in the catalogue of Wagner’s works, “WWV 75” is engraved on the...