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Hervé Obligi

Hervé Obligi Lapidarist
By appointment only
+33 1 48 57 17 54
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The magic of working with stone

  • • Hervé is known for his hard stone marquetry
  • • He restores stone objects and creates new pieces
  • • He was awarded the title of Master of Art in 2015

Hervé Obligi first trained as a wood sculptor, starting an apprenticeship at the age of 16, specialising in the restoration of 18th century furniture. However, after several years he realised that although he found the work very interesting, wood didn’t really suit him. He decided he wanted to learn stone marquetry, and found a master artisan in Florence willing to teach him. But in order to receive funding from the French ministry of culture, he had to return to Paris and state his case in an interview. During this interview a man entered the room and listened quietly. At the end, this man told Hervé that he did similar work and that Hervé should visit his workshop. So he did – and stayed for ten years.

Read the full interview


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  • © Hervé Obligi
  • © Hervé Obligi
  • © Hervé Obligi
Photo: © Hervé Obligi
Javelin pen

Hervé has used his extensive knowledge of 18th-century stone-working techniques to create this elegant javelin-shaped pen. Crafted from a careful balance of agate and sardonyx (or sard), the pen has a cap as long as the barrel, with the gold nib placed in the centre, much like the grip in a real javelin.

Length 280 mm
Diameter 18 mm

Photo: © Hervé Obligi
Pen Zen

The case of this gold nib pen was carved from a piece of obsidian, a volcanic rock that is normally black but, as here, can present shades of brown. Hervé uses his profound knowledge of glyptic art, gained over a lifetime of working its various techniques, to shape the barrel and cap of this elegantly balanced pen.

Length 16 cm

Photo: © Hervé Obligi

Hervé strikes a perfect balance between dark Mexican obsidian, agate and coral in the design of this gold nib pen. When the pen is closed, a flat circle of coral placed on the cap props the pen up, preventing it from rolling around.

Length 25 cm

Photo: © Hervé Obligi
The Bee

With a lifetime of experience working precious and semi-precious stones, Hervé skilfully combines circular segments of basanite and tiger’s eye with the utmost precision, creating a pen evocative of the shape and colours of a bee. Eight examples of the pen were crafted, finished with details in gold and coral, and fitted with a gold nib.

Length 15 cm

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