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Pen Porn: Stanford Pen Studio Ardently

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Per usual, you can click on the images to view them larger. I do my best to provide you with the high-quality pen porn. πŸ˜‰

I wracked my brain for a while trying to figure out what to request for a Stanford Pen Studio pen painted by artist Hanna Farmer. That I wanted one, there was never any doubt. The intricate work she does is as amazing as it is beautiful.

When I finally decided on requesting a Pride & Prejudice themed pen, I couldn’t have dreamed of such a beautiful result.

SPS Ardently uncapped with the cap laying beside it

For those who aren’t familiar with Stanford Pen Studio’s commission system, let me give you a quick overview. Prospective customers can submit any request they like, for any artist. However, it is always the artist’s choice as to whether they take the commission. So, when I say “requesting,” that’s what I mean. There’s never any guarantee that a request will be accepted. To me, that makes each pen all the more special because I know that the artist enjoyed working on it.

The certificate of authenticity for this pen simply titled it “Inspired by Pride and Prejudice.” But, this glorious work of art deserves a proper name. To me, one of the most iconic lines in the book is “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” This is adapted in the 2005 movie to “I love you, most ardently.” See where I’m going here?

Now, back to the pen porn, where you must allow me to explain to you how I love this pen, most ardently.

I had to record a proper YouTube video for this pen, rather than the typical shorts I do. There’s so much to point out, I just couldn’t do it in a 1-minute video. Because of that, though, I’m only sharing the highlights in this post. If I tried to cover everything in this post, it would likely be a 30-minute read.

Stanford Pen Studio Pride and Prejudice pen 360Β° photos

Peacocks

For those not familiar with Pride and Prejudice editions, it may come as a surprise that there are peacocks on this pen. The one on the cap is a brilliant interpretation of the 1894 illustrated edition, also known as the Peacock Edition.

This is carried over onto the barrel, with the gorgeous peacock feather and peacock with its tail down.

Longbourn

Based on its size, I’m assuming that the manor house near the barrel finial is meant to be Longbourn, Elizabeth Bennet’s childhood home.

Laid out view of the manor house on the barrel

Silhouettes

I like the silhouettes dotted around the pen. First Elizabeth, reading, of course. Then her and Darcy, presumably during his successful proposal, and then the two of them, perhaps during his unsuccessful proposal since Elizabeth appears rather tense.

Quotes

The quotes dotted throughout are also a lovely touch. Most, perhaps all, are from the 2005 movie. My favorite has always been the 1995 BBC edition, but that makes no difference to how amazing this pen is.

Details

It’s impossible to pick out my favorite details, partially because I’m still learning all of the awesome secrets this extravagantly detailed pen hides. But, the ones that keep drawing my eyes are:

The stack of books…

The stack of books on the pen barrel

The copper flowers…

And the copper accents throughout…

With how amazing this pen turned out, now I need to make a difficult decision about my next Stanford Pen Studio request. I’d planned to keep trying to work through their artist roster. But, I may need to see if Hanna is willing to do a Little Women pen.

SPS Ardently uncapped with the cap standing behind it

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2 Comments

  1. Michelle
    Michelle

    This is stunning. A Little Women pen would be AMAZING.

    December 11, 2023
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    • It’s in the works. 😁

      December 11, 2023
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