Garden flowers grown in both Jersey and China will feature on the latest set of stamps to be issued by Jersey Post on 22 September 2015. The stamps have been drawn by stamp artist Martin Mörck and painted by Wang Huming in Beijing, China, and they form the first part of a series exploring Jersey’s links with China.
Melanie Gouzinis, Head of Philatelic at Jersey Post explains: “As Jersey continues to explore and develop its cultural and business relationships with China, we started to look at the similarities that exist between the two locations. It is heart-warming to think that despite numerous differences, certain aspects of simple everyday life are the same, including some of the flowers grown in the gardens of both countries.”
The flowers which feature on the stamps are the Magnolia, Camellia, Azalea, Hydrangea, Chrysanthemum and the Peony.
“This is the second time we have worked with Martin Mörck,” continued Mrs Gouzinis. “He established a working relationship with Wang Huming whilst training engravers at China Post and we are really fortunate to have them working together on this stamp issue.”
Mörck has produced over 800 stamps for 20 postal administrations and during his time in China, was honoured to be made a guest professor in copper engraving at Tsing Hua University of Fine Arts in Beijing.
Wang Huming is the Deputy Chief Designer of the Postage Stamp Printing Bureau of China Post. He is a member of the Chinese Artists Association and committee member of the Graphic Design and Chinese Photographers Associations. Stamp collectors in China have continuously voted Wang Huming their most loved stamp designer and he has won numerous awards and prizes as well as being honoured by the State Council of China for his outstanding work in the philatelic industry.
Two of the stamps, one of which features a chrysanthemum and the other, a peony, are also presented in a Souvenir Miniature Sheet together with a poem written by Li Bai, one of the greatest poets in Chinese literary history. He wrote three poems for the high-ranked imperial concubine Yang Yuhuan at the desire of the emperor Xuanzong of Tang. The flower to which he refers is the peony and the poem is translated as follows:
Her robe is a cloud, her face a flower;
Her balcony, glimmering with the bright spring dew,
Is either the tip of earth’s Jade Mountain
Or a moon- edged roof of paradise.
The stamps, Souvenir Miniature Sheet, First Day Covers and Presentation Packs will be issued ahead of the China International Collection Expo 2015, Beijing and both artists will attend the event to talk to collectors about the designs.
Locally, the stamps will be available to buy from all branches of Jersey Post from 22 September 2015. Philatelic stamp products such as sets of stamps, Souvenir Miniature Sheets, First Day Covers and Presentation Packs will be available from the Jersey post office at Rue Des Pres, St Saviour on issue day and can be ordered now at: www.jerseystamps.com or by phoning the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 516320.