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Ernest Ansermet

Ernest Ansermet, the orchestra conductor

The Maison Caran d’Ache and the enamelling artist Andrée Peaudecerf create a collection of five unique writing instruments: the Collection Privée. Four miniature enamelled paintings on the solid gold body of the fountain pens pay tribute to Geneva’s humanitarian, scientific and artistic identity, as well as to the bicentenary of its joining the Swiss Confederation. A fifth piece celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Maison Caran d’Ache.

Ernest Ansermet

A talented conductor and passionate musicologist, Ernest Ansermet created some of the most influential works of the 20th century. This former mathematics professor was an erudite and committed artist who profoundly influenced both the Swiss and European cultural scenes.

In 1918, Ernest Ansermet founded the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, which he directed until 1967. Accompanied by Alban Berg and Anton von Webern, in 1922 he created the Société internationale pour la musique contemporaine (International Society for Contemporary Music, ISCM) in Europe and six years later co-founded the Pari Symphony Orchestra.

In 1919, the famous director of the Ballets Russes, Sergei Diaghilev, availed himself of his talent to enhance the work composed by Manuel de Falla, The Three Cornered Hat. The beauty of the décor and costumes created by Pablo Picasso, as well as Ernest Ansermet’s exceptional conducting, made The Three Cornered Hat a key work in the Ballets Russes’ repertoires.


Ernest Ansermet



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– 18-carat solid gold attributes
– Black Chinese lacquer and enamelled painting
– Engraving of the name of the instrument on the lower ring of the body
– 18-carat solid gold nib

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