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Special 109  Ancient Chinese Painting

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Stamp SN D109
Stamp Name Special 109  Ancient Chinese Painting
Stamp Cat Standard Special Stamps
Stamp Cat Lunar New Year, Mammals, Calligraphy & Paintings
Issue date 1975-02-25
Suspersion date
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 51.7×36
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)
Printer Courvoiser S.A., Switzerland
Photographer Liu Pao-chin
Creative Director
Sheet composition S109.1-109.5 5×10 S109.6-109.8 5×10
Print color
Process Photogravure
Paper Photogravure stamp paper<br>
Perforation 11 1/2

  For the promotion of the Chinese Cultural Renaissance Movemont, a set of 〝Ancient Chinese Painting (Festivals for the New Year) Postage Stamps〞was issued. This brilliant Chinese handscroll, 235.5 × 30.5 cm., in the collection of the National Palace Museum, was painted by Ting Kuan`peng in color on silk. Along a country road a crowd gathers and engages in many kinds of activity. Attention is given in minute detail to the figures, rocks, and trees; the colors are fresh and sparkling. The bustling activity of the scene comes to life before the eyes of the viewer.

  It is not known exactly when Ting Kuan-peng lived, but during the Chien-lung period (1736-1795 A.D.) he received an appointment to the palace as a court artist. He was an excellent painter of Taoist and Buddhist figures, copying the style of the late Ming painter, Ting Yun-peng. In his later years he also used the techniques of western perspective and shading, creating an illusion of three-dimensionality which was quite original. For this reason he has been praised as one of the great masters of Chinese painting.

  These eight stamps consist of a strip of five1.00 stamps reproducing the overall picture, and three close-up views: a 2.50 stamp showing relatives and friends cupping one hand over the other as a New Year's greeting during a ceremonial call, a 5.00 stamp featuring children playing and buying fireworks, and 8.00 stamp depicting an acrobatic performance and a monkey show.