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Esterbrook "Estie" Limited Edition Fountain Pen: Sunflower

The new fountain pen inspired by the sunny sunflower is here. This limited edition seasonal Estie is sure to put a smile on your face. This classic pen, in a classic color, is sure to be one of your favorite writing friends. It pairs well with Patience. The pen holder that sits on your desk elegantly holding your wands, or swords, whatever the case may be! It is also friends with the bee page holder.

As a tribute to the art of letter writing and his iconic place in art history, Esterbrook dedicates this new fountain pen to the towering and majestic Sunflower and the artist synonymous with them: Vincent Van Gogh.⁠

While Van Gogh is best known as a painter, he was also one of the most prolific letter writers of all times. An avid reader of the classics, Van Gogh was an excellent wordsmith, penning over 2000 letters in his short lifetime. Over 800 of his letters survive and some critics say they stand on their own in the canon of world literature; yet another of his masterpieces.⁠

The Dutch artist began to paint sunflowers in Paris towards the end of the 19th century. While other artists thought the flowers to be coarse and unrefined, Van Gogh revered them. Upon moving to his “Yellow House” in Arles, he decorated his guest room for the artist Paul Gauguin with his still lifes of Sunflowers. Originally intended to be a series of twelve, only seven were completed, five of which remain in museum collections, one in the hands of a private collector and one thought to be lost during the second world war.⁠

Van Gogh was a brilliant colorist, and it is documented that he only used three shades of yellow for his Sunflowers. It is the glorious harmony of these colors that is the inspiration for the newest limited edition Estie: The Sunflower.⁠

5000 years ago, the sunflower was worshipped by the Incas. This disc made up of tiny flowers was an expression of their adoration of the sun and its life-giving rays. Its many medicinal uses made it a prized bloom and its growing pattern of tilting towards the sun was a symbol of seeking light and truth in ancient times. These beginnings gave rise to the sunflower becoming an emblem of beauty and hope and the subject of writings, medical journals and art throughout history, perhaps no more boldly than in the renderings of them by Vincent Van Gogh.⁠

Select from 4 nibs sizes, Extra fine, Fine, Medium and Broad.

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