To promote appreciation of the beauty of ancient Chinese art, Chunghwa Post is releasing a set of five stamps and a souvenir sheet on a Qing dynasty lateral curtain with flower and bird embroidery from the National Museum of History’s collection.
Traditionally, lateral curtains were mostly used to decorate the central hall of a house for a wedding or other celebratory occasion. This red silk lateral curtain, stretches nearly five meters long, features meticulously stitched embroidered flowers, birds, grass, trees, clouds and rocks that simply burst with color. The overall effect is sumptuous and elegant. One of the greatest embroidered works of art of the Qing Dynasty, the curtain, with its glorious and colorful vista of blooming flowers and songbirds, signals that all is flourishing. This set of stamps features the most prominent sections of the embroidery. The designs follow:
1. The five stamps, each with a NT$10 denomination, feature the following: (1) peacocks and scholar’s rocks ; (2) a snow crane, a bat, mynahs and reishi mushrooms; (3) a snow crane, a pine tree and orchids; (4) paradise flycatchers, plum blossoms, bamboo, and magnolia flowers; (5) a pair of Mandarin ducks, a kingfisher and lotus flowers.
2. The souvenir sheet includes a single NT$100 denomination stamp. The stamp features a spectacular peacock, yuhinas, peonies and scholar’s rocks. The sheet selvage features a snow crane, mandarin ducks, butterflies and plum blossoms. To highlight the exquisite beauty of the piece, the souvenir sheet is printed on silk paper plus partly embossed and hot stamped with gold foil.
In addition to the sheetlet format for the five stamps, for the first time ever, this Post is employing the long, fold-out design to release 200,000 copies of stamp collection. The collection is with a four-fold inner page, printed on phosphorescent paper, stretching about 70 centimeters wide when unfolded; comprising a description of the curtain as well as the entire set of five stamps embedded in the curtain. Also released is a pictorial contains the whole set of stamps, a maximum card of the souvenir sheet, a set of pre-cancelled maximum cards and a poster of the entire curtain. These stamp products have elegant designs, and there are QR codes printed on the cover, which links to the National Museum of History.
(1) First Day Cover in large size (2 types): NT$3 apiece.
(2) Folder: NT$8 apiece.
(3) Folder with mount: NT$8 apiece.
(4) Folder with mount for souvenir sheet: NT$8 apiece.
(5) Loose-leaf album page: NT$20 apiece.
(6) Maximum cards: NT$50 a set.
(7) Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with one NT$10-denominated stamp: NT$13 apiece.
(8) Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with a complete set of stamps:
(9) Pre-cancelled maximum cards: NT$100 a set
(10) Stamp collection (with a cardstock): NT$200 apeice.
(11) Stamp collection (with a hard-case cover): NT$250 apeice.
(12) Stamp pictorial: NT$500 apeice.
To purchase the relative philatelic products, please go directly to the post office branches, or order on line at http://stamp.post.gov.tw