Monday, November 23, 2009

Another lovely German cover

Sometime last week, I received this lovely cover from a German eBayer.

The pair of identical stamps franked on the right was issued in 2008 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Wenzel Jamnitzer.

Wenzel Jamnitzer (1508-85) was a leading member of a German family of goldsmiths and engravers. Born in Vienna, he settled in Nuremberg where, as a leading artisan of his day, he executed work for emperors and officials of the court and the church. Examples of his refined workmanship, showing the German adaptation of Italian mannerist forms, are to be seen in the Louvre and in the Victoria and Albert Museum. His gilt bronze nude Spring is in Vienna. As previously discussed, the 2 beautiful flower stamps are part of the ongoing definitive series devoted to fields and gardens flowers.

This cover was postmarked on 12th Nov 2009 in Nürnberg (about 170 kilometres north of Munich) and took 5 days to reach me!

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