Limited to 4,810 Fountain Pens, the “Sir Henry Tate” model of the Patron Edition is characterized by its clean lines and tectonic shape, inspired by the neoclassical architecture of Tate Britain, the museum that Sir Henry Tate financed. The geometric lines of the platinum-plated body and the decoration of the cap rings reflect the characteristic elements of the building’s style. The cap and body of the writing instrument are inlaid with red lacquer that harmoniously contrast with the ivory Montblanc star that crowns the cap.
The platinum-plated 18-karat gold nib can be retracted by twisting, it is delicately engraved with two sugar canes, in homage to the raw material of Sir Henry Tate’s activity. Already in the statutes of its foundation it said: “to allow British art to position itself in the right place, satisfying millions of people of this and future generations”. This exclusive edition includes a “Sir Henry Tate” fountain pen, of which only 888 pieces have been produced in 750 white gold inlaid with gray lacquer and a cap set with square-cut diamonds.
The most important patron of British art was the sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate. Born in Lancashire in 1819, the businessman used his business talents and his pioneering spirit to turn a small business into a sugar empire.
He invested his fortune in contemporary art, founded universities, hospitals, and libraries, and opened the doors of his home on Sunday for the public to appreciate his art collection. In 1879, with a generous donation of £ 80,000 and 65 high-value paintings from his private collection, Sir Henry Tate laid the foundation for what would become the most important collection of British art in the UK. Today, the name “Tate” symbolizes a unique fine art structure; four renowned museums in which the spirit of the patron who gave them his name remains intact.