ExaClair Limited, the UK distributors of Jacques Herbin inks, has revealed the latest addition to its line-up of prestigious luxury 1670 inks, available now.
The new ink, Violet Impérial, is an intense and deep purple with bluish reflections, illuminated with tiny gold flecks for a shimmering effect. The exquisite drawing pictured here by ink artist Nick Stewart demonstrates the versatility of the ink.
The ink is presented in an emblematic Jacques Herbin 50ml cube glass bottle. Each bottle is unique as the wax cap is traditionally dipped and sealed by hand within the Jacques Herbin workshops.
In times gone by, the colour purple was deemed a symbol of luxury due to the scarcity of dyes and often associated with royalty. It was a favoured colour of the French King Louis XIV, during whose reign Herbin was founded.
The 1670 collection commemorates the year that the Jacques Herbin company was founded in the heart of Paris and where, over 350 years later, it is still producing fine-quality inks and waxes.
The addition of Violet Impérial to the 1670 inks collection brings the total to six intense colours: Émeraude de Chivor (rich green), Bleu Océan (deep blue), Caroube de Chypre (deep golden brown), Rouge Hématite (rich scarlet) and Gris Orage (stormy grey). All these inks have undertones and the tiny gold flecks give an interesting shimmer to the dried ink.
Lawrence Savage, marketing manager at ExaClair, explains how for the past five years Jacques Herbin has released a new ink every autumn. “This annual event is eagerly anticipated by lovers of penmanship across the globe, who appreciate the depths and shimmer that these premium-quality inks provide. This latest addition offers a fresh and elegant colour that not only carries regal connotations, but is particularly fashionable within current decoration and design trends.”