The popular series with treasures from the collections of the Prince of Liechtenstein is continued with three impressive tapestries made at the manufactory of Jean Barraband II in the early 18th century: “The Tea Ceremony” (face value: CHF 1.00), “Audience with the Emperor of China” (face value: CHF 1.50) and “The Scholar before the Great Mogul” (face value: CHF 1.80). All three tapestries measure around two-and-a-half metres by up to five metres and besides serving as decoration, they served practical purposes, such as thermal insulation or to improve the acoustics.
The eyes of indigenous birds are shown on three special stamps from an artistic perspective. Seen as a pest by fishers, the “Grey Heron” (face value: CHF 1.00) with its yellow eyes was widely hunted from the middle of the 19th century. Since it was placed on the list of protected species in the 1920s, the population has slowly but gradually increased. The “Great Crested Grebe” (face value: CHF 1.30) lives on lakes, reservoirs and slow-flowing rivers. It has dazzling red eyes, although its ornate head plumes with black tips and reddish brown cheek tufts are also striking. The “Cormorant” (face value: CHF 1.50) is another indigenous breeding bird. With a size of 80 to 100 centimetres, the blue-eyed bird cuts an impressive figure.
The “Biedermann House” (face value: CHF 2.00), named after a family that lived in it from 1814 to 1964, was built 500 years ago in Schellenberg, the smallest municipality in Liechtenstein in terms of size. The construction of the two-storey wooden building made out of square timber from coniferous wood and insulated with lichens and mosses is in keeping with modern Minergie building regulations. To allow later generations to move it without any drawings, each beam was numbered when the house was built. Over time the house was thus able to be moved several times within the municipality, for the last time in 1992/93 when the Biedermann House was registered as a protected building. Since 1994 this farmhouse has been open to the public as a museum.
Colourful illustrations of Luigi Olivadoti depict various fun-loving motifs on a se-tenant of eight special stamps. With “Country”, “Electro”, “Flamenco”, “Hip Hop”, “Jazz”, “Classic”, “Samba” and “Folk Music” (face value: CHF 1.00 each), the illustrator and designer put various styles of music to which people like dancing on the stamps. Music and dance have always been closely related, in some cultures so closely that only one term is used to denote both together. The new stamps are available from 3 September 2018. www.philatelie.li