Archive for November, 2010

cooking beauty / 台所美人

November 29, 2010

*exch. 044 & 045 ( two together )

20 April 1983, Japan
Philatelic Week
‘Kitchen Beauties’ by Utamaro ( 1753? – 1806 )
stamp design: Yoshiaki Kikuchi

This kitchen might be located in a house or outside – so, I sort it in ‘food and cooking’ category.  The original woodblock print is in the collection of Tokyo National Museum, as well as Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

This stamp is well representing details – coiled handles on boiling pot, delicate patterns on Kimono, smoke comes out from the cooker and a lot more.  It is great pleasure to inspect it with a magnifier.


原画:喜多川歌麿 ( 宝暦3年? – 文化3年 )『台所美人』



reading a letter / 文読み

November 28, 2010


1 October 1969 Japan
‘Reading a letter’ by Harunobu Suzuki, 1750

This stamp was issued for Universal Postal Union Congress, showing a woman reading a long letter, in her house with great detail of Tatami mat, sliding wooden panels with paper, and a Bonsai pot on wooden floored terrace.

Harunobu Suzuki ( 1724? – 1770 ) was a woodblock print artist and invented slim long legged girls as his style.  A reprint of the original art is in the collection of Postal Museum Japan.


原画:鈴木春信 ( 享保10年 – 明和7年 )『文読み』

この切手は万国郵便大会議を記念して発行されました。原画は東京国立博物館に収蔵されている「中納言朝忠(文読み)」( 1750 ) で、復刻が郵政博物館の収蔵品として紹介されています。畳や障子、縁側に置かれた盆栽など、室内のディテールが楽しめる切手です。


wallpaper and chair / 壁紙とイスと

November 20, 2010

24 August 2007, Finland
‘2+3’ wallpaper by Ilmari and Annikki Tapiovaara in 1958
‘Paimio’ chair by Alvar Aalto in 1931-32
‘Pavroo Garland’ wallpaper in Biedermeier style
Empire style chair

design: Pekka Piipo

I am amazed at how just a few elements can express a sense of  interior.  Wallpaper, the corner of a picture frame, a chair and its shadow – they are enough to convey the atmosphere of the room and taste of the owner.



Lwówek Śląski town hall / 市庁舎のアーチ

November 19, 2010

15 June 1966 Germany
Town Hall of Löwenberg Schlesien ( Lwówek Śląski )

The second ‘interior’ feature is another vaulted interior, in a town hall in Poland, which used to be a part of Germany.  This was one of the definitive stamps featuring monumental buildings.  I searched for how old the building could be but failed to find it, apart from this image.

With very fine engraved lines in different thickness and pitches, the depth of the space is depicted in a small definitive stamp.


「インテリア」テーマの2枚目の切手は1966年に発行されたドイツの普通切手。ドイツとの国境近くにあるポーランドのLwówek Śląski市庁舎内のヴォールトがピッチや太さの違う精緻な線の重なりで描かれています。


vaulting and arches / 穹窿(きゅうりゅう)

November 15, 2010

28 February 1966 UK
900th Anniversary of Westminster Abbey
design & engraving: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co.

I am amazed sometimes by a stamp design which is depicting the depth of a room and sense of space within a little piece of paper.  So, I added a category today to collect these stamps showing ‘interior space’.

This stamp is showing Fan Vaulting of the Henry Ⅶ Chapel, which was built in 16th century.  This was the last stamp with the portrait of the Queen before an introduction of her silhouette, and the portrait is beautifully engraved to match the impressive interior.