|More than a mere flower, the
rose has throughout history been associated with England, beginning
with its use as household symbols by both Lancaster and York during
the War of the Roses. The adaptation of the Tudor Rose by Henry
VII as a symbol of the union between these two houses marked the
beginning of one of the most important periods of English history.
England left the medieval ages and came into it's own on the world
stage under the symbol of the Tudor Rose.
are also highly prized by avid gardeners throughout the world.
And nowhere more so than in traditional English gardens, many
of which showcase elaborate displays of exotic varieties in
a blinding profusion of types and colors.
An English Rose
is unique, seductive, and enchanting with a romantic fragrance.
On a warm summer evening, a stroll in an English rose garden
ranks among the
best of life's experiences.
From the Rose as a symbol of our island nation's rich tapestry
of history and heritage, we turn to the Conway Stewart English
Rose. This is a beautiful example of the highest quality Maki-e
artwork applied to our classic Churchill fountain pen. Resplendent
in rich light and dark reds softly blended with gleaming layers
of gold, the gently blossoming roses spring to life against
the glossy black background of the cap and barrel.
are honored to work with the renowned artisan Mr. Koichiro Okazaki.
His work signature is Kogaku san. Born in 1959, Kogaku san has
been the recipient of prestigious recognition, including being
awarded Kao (his authorized monogram) from Kuda Munenori of
Sado Omote School as well as placing in several National Urushi
related exhibitions. Kogaku san's art is very popular and can
be seen on many traditional accessories such as ornamental hair
pins, and jewelry. He has a very
strong following and is much admired by people collecting his
work on very expensive combs used for decorative purposes. One
of his most distinguished works was on a Citizen pocket watch
that sold for $20,000. Kogaku san's attention to detail in his
work is amazing. Some of his art work has lines no thicker than
a human hair.
Kogaku san's work
is painted freehand without any outline of design or silk screen
process. While 90% of currently produced Maki-e artwork utilizes
man-made Urushi lacquer, Kogaku san uses only 100% natural Urushi
lacquer, collected by hand from Urushi trees.
Rendered in what
is referred to as "Taka Maki-e" a technique which
uses many thin layers of genuine Urushi lacquer applied over
one another to create slightly raised portions of the design,
the English Rose is both a visual and a tactile pleasure. The
individual rose petals are shaded with red and pink Urushi lacquer,
then accented with carefully applied gold powder leaving them
with shimmering highlights that dance under the light as the
pen is turned in the hand. The leaves are further detailed with
The English Rose
is available in a worldwide limited edition of just 25 pieces.
Each piece carries
Kogaku san's signature, and the coveted Red Seal signature --
signifying the highest level of Maki-e artwork.
Each pen is housed
in our beautiful lacquer presentation case, accompanied by our
100 year guarantee and warrantee booklet and limited edition
The English Rose was was featured on the cover of Stylus
June/July 2006 issue.
Stylus is an international publication with
a healthy circulation
figure in excess of 38,000 per issue. The magazine is distributed
through newsstands, bookstores, fine quality pen retailers,
specialty boutiques, jewelers, and of course to subscribers.
To read the full article, please
Stewart "The English Rose"
by Mr. Koichiro Okazaki
Nib grades: Extra
Fine to Extra Broad, Italic Fine, Italic Medium, Italic Broad
Filling mechanism: converter cartridge
Retail Price £3,774 $6,310 €4728
to 25 pieces worldwide
EDITION SOLD OUT!
out the second pen in our 2006 collection -- Soka Monyo, Floral