Giuseppe Verdi 1813-2013


Pen created to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Verdi's birth.

Limited edition
of 200 numbered pieces in the fountain pen version
and 200 numbered pieces in the ballpoint version.

On the occasion of the bicentennial of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi, D-Parmy has created a collector's pen, produced in a numbered edition of 200 fountain pens and 200 ballpoint pens,
all hand painted.
Made of Bois de Rose (Rosewood), these pens are a tribute to the great composer born on 10th October 1813, in Roncole di Busseto, in the Duchy of Parma.
Each pen is one-of-a-kind and features a portrait of the Master hand painted on a maple inlay set off by elegant thin rings of ebony.
The effigy is inspired by the famous portrait of Verdi painted by Giovanni Boldini, which is considered one of the most physiognomically similar.
The composer's signature, date of birth, and the date of the anniversary are also hand painted.
The nib is made of solid 18 K-750 gold with tip in iridium. The other metal components are made of gilded high brass alloy, including the treble clef clip.
The pinecone at the top of the pen is a recurring decorative element in 19th century furniture and is symbolically linked to the immortality of the great master's work.
The case is entirely hand-made in solid mahogany with Murano glass.

Musical woods

The wood chosen for the Giuseppe Verdi ballpoint and fountain pens is Bois de Rose, a very hard and sought-after wood long used in the manufacture of furniture and musical instruments.
In the 18th and 19th centuries it was widely used by Italian, French, and English inlayers and cabinet-makers.
Like Bois de Rose, the ebony used in the inlay that frames the portrait has a symbolic link with Verdi and his music,
as it was used for making flutes, clarinets, and piano keys.

The iconography of the pinecone

The pinecone is associated with the solidity of the wood, the life force and immortality of the resin, and the evergreen needles of the pine tree.
In ancient Greece, the pinecone had strong ties to Dionysus, the god associated with the mysteries of death and rebirth, regeneration, and resurrection.
In some works of art, Dionysus' staff, called a thyrsus, is topped by a pinecone.
The pinecone appears frequently as a figurative element in Roman architecture and was adopted by Christianity, especially in Romanesque art, where it was carved on capitals and arches.
In 19th century furniture, it appears as a decorative element with a propitious significance.
For the anniversary of Verdi's birth, the choice of the pinecone image for the top of the pen
becomes a clear symbolic reference to the rebirth and immortality of the music and the entire work of the Master.