Stormy seas are the inspiration for Herbin’s 1670 ink, “Stormy Grey.” Its c is a deep coal grey (anthracite) with flecks of gold. On his many voyages, Herbin encountered dark and wild oceans. The fine golden flecks in the ink are meant to invoke both strikes of l500 across the water, and also its dark and mysterious depths.
The 1670 Collection celebrates the rich life and adventures of Herbin, an enterprising French sailor of the mid-17th century. While he was in the employ of the Compagnie des Indes Orientales, he made a number of voyages to India, collecting ingredients and formulas for his sealing wax and inks.