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France 1982. Maximum Card of Picasso's painting "Reading Woman", FD-cancelled in Paris on 27.03.1982.

Czeslaw Slania's first stamp for France was a painting by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), a semi-postal issued for the benefit of "Journée du Timbre", of Picasso's painting "Woman Reading", created 1920. The original painting measures 100 x 81 cm, and belongs to Musée de la Peinture et Sculpture, Grenoble, France. 

Scott # B547

  • 1982:  "Woman Reading", after a painting by Pablo Picasso. The stamp is a semi postal.   Since the woman is reading, and the stamp was issued for Stamp Day, it is natural to assume that she is reading a letter :-).  

  • France 1982. Maximum Card of Picasso's painting "Reading Woman", FD-cancelled in Paris on 27.03.1982. 


Still in 1982, Slania's next stamp for France was the famous statue named "Ephèbe d'Agde", unearthed in 1964 in the Herault River. While waiting for a more precise description about her origin, we find her proportions and the expression of her face to be similar to the portraits of Alexander the Great, which were created by the sculptor Lysippe de Sicyone in the second half of the 4th century B.C.  According to specialists, she is a work from a "Lysipian School". This bronze statue, about 1,30 meters tall, showed signs of strong corrosion of metal. due to the prolonged stay in water, and was restored by the Archeological Laboratory of Nancy (France). Translated from French from a website about French Culture by the webmaster.  

Scott # 1830

  • France 1982. "Ephebus of Agde", a Hellenistic masterpiece of statues, found in Agde in southern France, not far from Perpignan at the border to Spain.  
  • France 1982. Maximum card of "Ephebus d'Agde", FD-cancelled in 34 Agde on 15.05.1982. 

Please note that this stamp may also be found with a print error, where the blue colour is missing. 

France 1982. Maximum card of "Ephebus d'Agde", FD-cancelled in 34 Agde on 15.05.1982.


 
France 1994. Maximum Card, showing an illustration of King Gustav III in front of The Trianon, FD-cancelled in Paris on 18.03.1994.

Twelve years later, in 1994, Slania was commissioned to engrave a joint issue between France and Sweden in relation to the exhibition "The Sun and the North Star" in Stockholm and Paris. The similar Swedish stamp(s) can be seen on Sweden

Scott # 2414

  • France 1994.  "Banquet at The Trianon for Gustave III", after a painting by Niklas Lafrensen the Younger (1784). 

  • France 1994. Maximum Card, showing an illustration of King Gustav III in front of The Trianon, FD-cancelled in Paris on 18.03.1994. 


The last stamp Slania did for France was engraved in 1999, and shows the neo-classical building Hôtel de la Monnaie (The Mint) in France, on the Quai de Conti on the River Seine. The Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint) or, more administratively speaking, the "Direction of Coins and Medals", is an administration of the French government charged with issuing coins as well as producing medals and other similar items. The Mint is open to the public, and offers guided tours in a numismatic museum, located within what was once the main foundry, and the architectural ensemble. 
 

Scott # 2728

  • France 1999.  Hôtel de la Monnaie ("The Mint") in Paris.  

  • France 1999. Maximum Card showing a fragment of Hotel de la Monnaie, with its impressive columns at the entrance, FD-cancelled in Paris 05.06.1999. 

The Hôtel de la Monnaie was designed by Jacques-Denis Antoine and built from 1767–1775 on the left bank of the River Seine. The building was the first major civic monument undertaken by Antoine, yet shows a high level of ingenuity on the part of the architect. Today it is considered a key example of French Neoclassicicm in pre-Revolutionary Paris. It boasts one of the longest façades on the Seine; its appearance has been compared to the Italian palazzo tradition. 

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France 1999. Maximum Card showing a fragment of Hotel de la Monnaie, with its impressive columns at the entrance, FD-cancelled in Paris 05.06.1999.

Postcard showing a panoramic view of the River Seine in Paris with the western tip of Ile de la Cité in the center, and the beginning of Hôtel de la Monnaie (on Quai de Conti) on the far right, behind the barges. The bridge is Pont Neuf (New Bridge).


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