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  • 2000.  King Carl XVI Gustaf.   The engraving is made after a photograph  by Jonas Ekströmer.  Scott # 2397.

    The corresponding stamp of Queen Silvia was not engraved by Czeslaw Slania. 


It shows a fragment of a painting  by David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl, (1628-1698), master of the Swedish Baroque Era, painted 1695. "The Great Deeds of Swedish Kings" belongs to Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm (Sweden).

The drawing at the bottom of the sheet shows Drottningholm Palace  where the original painting can be seen.  

Slania has engraved more postage stamps than any other engraver in history. His spectacular 1000th stamp was issued by Sweden on March 17, 2000, and won a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest engraved stamp ever issued. 

See also Piotr Naszarkowski: 24th Boxer Label (on this site). 


 

Scott # 2399a

Scott # 2400f


Scott # 2415a-d

  • To the left the Swedish stamps in a strip of four, and to the right the Swedish FDC, containing the four Swedish stamps and the American stamp.  The cancellation shows Alfred Nobel's Portrait.  The similar American stamp is shown on USA

In 2001 it was 100 years ago that the first Nobel Prize was awarded.  It is commemorated by a joint issue (22nd March) between Sweden and USA.  


Scott # 2421 e


On 22nd October 2001 Czeslaw Slania blew out 80 candles on his birthday cake, and at this occasion he has made a birthday-engraving, showing the death of King Gustav II Adolf in the Battle of Lützen on 6th November 1632. 

Already when Czeslaw Slania arrived in Sweden in 1956 he paid great attention to Carl Wahlbom's dramatic work of art at the National Museum in Stockholm, and with his ardent interest for history and art he has always wanted to engrave this painting, even if he had to wait for 45 years to make his wish come true.  The Swedish Post Office does not issue stamps with war motifs, so it seemed to be a troublesome project.

"I suggested that I made it in connection with my 70th birthday.  But instead was chosen the coronation of King Gustav III.  Later I wanted to engrave this painting as my 1000th engraving, but instead was chosen Ehrenstrahl's painting from Drottningholm Castle.  Now, for my 80th birthday I decided to engrave it, at least for my own pleasure, as I would be celebrating a double anniversary:  my 80th birthday, and my 50th anniversary as a stamp engraver".  

And now the Swedish Post Office issues the engraving of the middle part of Carl Wahlbom's painting of the Battle at Lützen, not as a stamp, but as an engraving as such.  The engraving has the size of 75 x 53 mm, and showing a lot of warriors and frightened horses, the king's silent face with his closed eyes, this work has been a real challenge for the master engraver. 

"It has lasted me three months to do this work, but it's not so difficult, when you do something you really like and want to do".

The Swedish Post Office has printed 10.000 copies of the engraving, in steel recess print of blue-violet colour. 

Happy Birthday, Mr. Slania, and thank you for your 
wonderful work throughout your long career as engraver.  
May your art live forever. 
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