Saturday, October 31, 2009

France: "Music"

France issued this stamp (Scott #1625) in 1979 as a simple homage to "Music." The stamp shows a woman playing a stringed instrument across her lamp, with a lyre at her right side and a portativ organ at her left. There are other (male) instrumentalists and singers in the background. Interestingly there are two geese also to the left and right of the woman. The miniature is from the 15th century; that's the only identification given.

1 comment:

sean said...

Hi Mike,

I wonder if through your intimate knowledge of some of these organ stamps if you know if any of the stamps included in your collection also have carvings of bagpipers on them. I know through looking at bagpipe iconograophy, many larger organs in europe do, but I'm not an expert in this field. Incidently, my stamp interest lies in "bagpipe" related stamps, much as you collect organ stamps. I spotted this one in your collection which obviosuly contains a bagpiper. If you'd like to know more about the image I'd be only too happy to provide you with what I know!