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Geneva, Apr 07, 2021

LOT 362

Montblanc, “Writers Edition”, made in 1995

“Voltaire”, limited edition, No. 14 103 / 20 000

CHF 450 - 550

EUR 400 - 500 / USD 500 - 600 / HKD 3,800 - 4,700

Fountain-pen with medium 18K gold nib engraved with the “4810” logo (dated 1995)

Original fitted box and outer box, “Voltaire” booklet and guarantee (dated September 7, 1995)

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Brand Montblanc


Montblanc, “Voltaire”

Montblanc created this pen in 1995 in honour of Voltaire (1694-1778), in a limited and numbered edition of 20 000 examples. The fourth of Montblanc’s “Writers Edition”.

Crafted with black precious resin and fitted with richly detailed vermeil (gilded silver) rings, clips and trim.

The ball-point-pen was produced in a limited and numbered edition of 13 000 examples.

The mechanical pencil was produced in a limited and numbered edition of … 000 examples.

A set of three writing instruments, comprising a fountain-pen, a ball-point-pen and a mechanical pencil, was produced in a limited and numbered edition of 5 000 examples.


Arouet, François-Marie; known by his nom de plume Voltaire
November 21, 1694 – May 30, 1778

French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his criticism of Christianity – especially the Roman Catholic Church – as well as his advocacy of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a versatile and prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, histories, and scientific expositions. He wrote more than 20 000 letters and 2 000 books and pamphlets. He was one of the first authors to become renowned and commercially successful internationally. He was an outspoken advocate of civil liberties, and he was at constant risk from the strict censorship laws of the Catholic French monarchy. His polemics witheringly satirized intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day. Voltaire inspired the American revolution and the rise of republicanism.


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