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Art of postage stamps and Art in royal dining

“Manners maketh man.”

There are collections of decorative art in the artistic patrimony of the Peles National Museum, which were once destined for the royal tables: silver and porcelain table services, glass services, cutlery, but also table sets for travel, useful during trips, royal hunts or picnics. These are true art objects made by fine metal-workers, glass-smiths, master potters and fine carpenter artists from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They were made to order by major European and Eastern manufactures and are silent witnesses to the royal courts’ grandeur and to a bygone usage of polite society.

Romfilatelia introduces into circulation the Art in royal dining postage stamp issue, on Friday,  october 20 th, in its own shops network in Bucharest, Bacau, Brasov, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi and Timisoara and online on https://romfilatelia.ro/store/

The postage stamp issue brings to the attention of the collectors the richness and the grandeur of the past dining experiences.

Impeccable tablecloths and napkins made of damask or silk were loaded with fine porcelain tableware, shiny crystal glasses, and silver cutlery. At the Peles Castle, the meal was prepared in the underground kitchen, where the wine collection was located, and the platters were brought with a lift up to the level of the living room, located on the high ground floor of the castle.

The menus were written daily on sheets of white paper bearing the royal cypher. For special meals, with important guests, the menus were decorated with polychrome designs in pen, becoming small works of art and bearing the names of the culinary dishes in French, then considered as the language of gastronomy.

Social games were played, after the meal, during the bygone dinners in Peles. The stakes were a drive to Brasov with the Palace car.

The stamp with the face value of Lei 3,50 illustrates a fruit dish executed at the Goody & Co. Minton workshop, from England, in the 19th century. The piece is made of hard paste porcelain, moulded in a pattern. This was later painted over the glaze and partially gold-plated with colloidal gold.

The stamp with the face value of Lei 4 depicts an egg service set for three people made in the Martin Hall & Co.workshop, in England, from silver-plated metal, with the silver spoons bearing the mark of Paul Telge workshop, from Germany. The piece, created in the 19th century is engraved on the lid with the cypher of King Carol I of Romania.

The stamp with the face value of Lei 4,5 illustrates a punch bowl, Bambou model from the 19th century, made in the Baccarat glass workshop, in France, and the Wollenweber metal-works shop, from Munich, Germany. The crystal piece blown into a pattern was embedded in silver, partially gold-plated, with a total height of 47 cm and a diameter of 38.5 cm.

The stamp with the face value of Lei 15 illustrates a candy dish created in the Meissen workshop from Germany, in the 19th century. The piece is made of porcelain modelled into a patterned and hand-painted. In order to decorate it, the piece was glazed and barbotine was used (a vitrifiable diluted paste with which the ornaments on porcelain objects are stuck) as well as partially gold-plating the piece. The height of the candy dish is 20 cm and its width is 29 cm.

The postage stamp issue is completed by a set of two first day cover and as page composition, a block of 4 postage stamps of the issue for the philatelic album, a sheet of 20 stamps, a minisheet of 5 stamps and a label have been used.

The philatelic album is created into a limited edition of 254 pcs. and is equipped with the block of 4 postage stamps of the issue and the First Day Cover having the “first day” postmark clearly imprinted in  foiling. Each element is numbered in black from 001 to 254.

Romfilatelia thanks the National Peles Museum for their documentary support granted in the creation of this postage stamp issue.


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Tel: 021 / 337 24 42