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Geneva 1815

1815: Geneva’s entrance to the Swiss Confederation

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.

Geneva 1815

Following the restoration of the Republic in December 1813, Geneva wished to ensure its sovereignty. Defence requirements along with the economic, cultural and religious ties it enjoyed with the Swiss cantons led it to consider joining the Confederation. In June 1814, the Confederate troops arrived at Port Noir, on the left bank of Lake Léman, where they were enthusiastically welcomed by the population. This event, followed by the Federal Diet in September 1814, marked Geneva’s entrance to the Swiss Confederation. This became permanent after the signature of the union act, approved by all the member cantons on May 19th 1815.

Geneva 1815



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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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