New stamp of Château de Chambord to be sold in France
A new stamp to celebrate 500 years since construction began on the famous Loire monument, le Château de Chambord, is to be released in select post offices by La Poste this June 3.
The 800,000 printed stamps will feature an engraving of the emblematic chateau, created by Eure-et-Loire artist Line Filhon.
They will be on sale from June 3 in certain post offices, and at the Poste museum in Paris. They will also be available to order online.
Artist Ms Filhon worked on the new stamp engraving for three weeks, taking inspiration from an original design from comic book author Stéphane Levallois, based on a photo by photographer Jean-Michel Turpin.
[Premier Jour] aujourd'hui du #timbre fêtant les 500 ans du Château de Chambord ! . Imp. taille-douce.Illustration Stéphane Levallois. Gravure Line Filhon.— ToutSurLeTimbre (@toutsurletimbre) May 31, 2019
Au chateau de Chambord
Au Carré d'Encre #Paris 9e
@domainechambord @LPNews_CVL #LaPoste #stamps pic.twitter.com/ernXe2uSbG
The engraving is very fine, working at a tenth of a millimetre scale. The final artwork measured just 60 mm by 25 mm (6 cm by 2.5 cm).
Some lucky residents and visitors have already had the chance to buy the stamp on early release, from Friday May 31 and Saturday June 1, from the chateau’s gift shop.
[Premier Jour] ce vendredi 31 mai du #timbre fêtant les 500 ans du Château de Chambord ! @domainechambord— Ségolène Godeluck (@SGodeluck) May 31, 2019
Cette planche de 40 #timbres était sur les machines lors de ma dernière visite de l'imprimerie des timbres-poste #Dordogne
Fan des planches de timbres !! #LaPoste pic.twitter.com/ToLCSZ3lGr
The Château de Chambord is one of France's most famous monuments, and one of the most well-known Renaissance chateaux in Europe. Construction was launched by French king, François I, 500 years ago.
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