History of the company

Our company was established in 1993 in the central part of Russia, since that, we have been concentrating on making and promoting top quality lacquer art, both modern and vintage. We have been trying to keep the ancient complicated techniques and traditions of old Russian icon painting and combine them with Japanese ways of using the lacquer and maki-e.

During almost 20 years we were very carefully selecting and building our direct relations with the best painters who studied 5 years in the State schools of Palekh, Fedoskino and Mstera art. All of them have their masterpieces in numerous private collections in USA, Great Britain, Singapore, China, Germany, Italy etc. and in the State Museums: Moscow Decorative and Applied Art Museum, Palekh State Museum of Art, Ivanovo State Museum of Art, Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, USA - just to name a few.

We have done many projects with well known Italian pen makers Ancora (nearly all the Limited editions) and some with Aurora and Japanese Sailor. And starting from 2010 decided to make our own brand Artus -limited edition and one of a kind fountain pens, concentrating on quality of all the materials used, including the best possible nibs; customer care and ideas of International arts being presented on unique writing instruments.

Many efforts have been done to receive very positive feedback and attention of a group of dedicated collectors during the Pen Shows in San-Francisco, USA 2011 and Los Angeles, USA 2012

Check the reports about Artus pens on the Best Fountain Pens Forum (picture heavy though):

And we are proud that one of our first Artus Sailor LE model "Gagarin-First Man in The Space", was located into the new book by the famous collectors and experts in the fountain pens world - Masa Sunami and Andreas Lambrou "Fountain pens of Japan".

To be continued...