- About Albuisson
- Awards Won (MOF)
- France 2006-2010
- Monaco 1986-1989
- Monaco 2006-2010
Overseas Domains &
- New Caledonia
- TAAF 1997-2000
- TAAF 2001-2005
- TAAF 2006-2010
- The Author
During a transition period in 2000-2001 all Monegasque stamps had two denominations, in
Francs, and in Euro. Beginning in 2002 their only denomination is in Euro.
It is beyond all doubt, that Albuisson likes veteran cars
Just look at this wonderful set of seven beautiful cars,
combined with the fashion of their time, issued in 2000.
Ranging from the Humber in 1911 to the Lamborghini
Countach 1946, they are all sophistication beyond description.
Design by Merot and engravings by Albuisson.
Humber 1911, Type Beeston
Ferrari F1 - 1989
Fiat 600 Jolly 1966
Citroën C4F Autochenille 1929
Rolls Royce Silver Cloud 1956
Lamborghini Countach 1986
|For the International Stamp Exhibition in Madrid 2000, this
stamp was issued, showing the front of the Principal Post Office of
Madrid, with the sculpture of "The Bear and the Strawberry-Tree"
[Arbutus Unedo L.].
A very nice and well done stamp with a lot of good humour.
- Monaco 2000. International Stamp Exhibition in Madrid.
In 1501, when Michelangelo was only 26 years old, he returned to Florence
after a long absence. There he produced two free-standing sculptures, the
Madonna and Child (1501-1505, Notre Dame, Bruges). The major work of this
period is the colossal (4.34 m/143 ft) marble David (1501-1504, Accademia,
Florence). Stamp design by Irio-Ottavio Fantini, engraving by Albuisson.
The Old Testament hero is depicted as a lithe, naked
youth, muscular and alert, looking into the distance as if sizing up the
enemy Goliath, whom he has not yet encountered. When sculpting this
statue Michelangelo is quoted to have expressed that
"When I saw this piece of marble, I knew
immediately that David was inside. My job would be to cut the excess
marble away to reveal him".
The statue, which symbolized the fortitude of the
Florentine republic, originally stood in the Piazza della Signoria in
front of the Palazzo Vecchio, the Florentine town hall. (A copy now stands
in the piazza.)
The fiery intensity of David’s facial expression
exemplifies the terribilità (emotional intensity) that is characteristic
of many of Michelangelo’s figures and of his own personality, and the
whole figure demonstrates his mastery of the male nude.
The stamp immediately on the right is a most interesting issue,
designed by Thierry Mordant, and engraved by Albuisson.
It was released in 2001 in connection with the awards of
the Literary Prize of Prince Rainier III, and shows his daughter by Grace
Kelly, Princess Caroline, on the background of a stamp engraved in 1995 by
the renowned Czeslaw Slania.
For your convenience I have inserted the original stamp by
Slania for comparison.
Monaco 2001. Prix Littéraire du Prince Rainier
Monaco 1995. Prince Pierre, (engraved by Czeslaw
Slania), depicted on the background
of the 2001-issue by Albuisson.
- Monaco 2002. Centenary of the first attempt of Tar Roads in 1902. The
engineer was the Italian scientist Dr. Guglielminetti.
Sir Alexander Fleming (1881-1955), was a British bacteriologist and Nobel laureate, best known for his discovery of penicillin. Born near
Darvel, Scotland, and educated at Saint Mary's Hospital Medical School of the University of London, he served as professor of bacteriology at St. Mary's Hospital Medical School from 1928 to 1948, when he became professor emeritus.
Fleming conducted outstanding research in bacteriology, chemotherapy, and immunology. In 1922 he discovered
lysozyme, an antiseptic found in tears, body secretions, albumen, and certain fish plants.
His discovery of penicillin came about accidentally in 1928 in the course of research on influenza. His observation that the mold contaminating one of his culture plates had destroyed the bacteria laid the basis for the development of penicillin therapy.
Fleming was knighted in 1944. In 1945 he shared the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine with
the Australian scientist Howard Walter Florey and the German-British pathologist Ernst Boris Chain for their contributions to the development of penicillin.
Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) is the genetic material of all cellular organisms and most viruses. DNA carries the information needed to direct protein synthesis and replication. Protein synthesis is the production of the proteins needed by the cell or virus for its activities and development. Replication is the process by which DNA copies itself for each descendant cell or virus, passing on the information needed for protein synthesis. In most cellular organisms, DNA is organized on chromosomes located in the nucleus of the cell.
A molecule of DNA consists of two chains, strands composed of a large number of chemical compounds, called nucleotides, linked together to form a chain.
These chains are arranged like a ladder that has been twisted into the shape of a winding staircase, called a double helix. Each nucleotide consists of three units: a sugar molecule called
deoxyribose, a phosphate group, and one of four different nitrogen-containing compounds called bases.
The four bases are adenine (A), guanine (G), thymine (T), and cytosine (C). The deoxyribose molecule occupies the center position in the nucleotide, flanked by a phosphate group on one side and a base on the other. The phosphate group of each nucleotide is also linked to the deoxyribose of the adjacent nucleotide in the chain. These linked deoxyribose-phosphate subunits form the parallel side rails of the ladder.
The bases face inward toward each other, forming the rungs of the
ladder, beautifully conceived in this commemorative stamp designed and
engraved by Albuisson.
Monaco 2003. A set of four stamps depicting the
Monegasque patron saint, Sainte Dévote, and her life story. These stamps
were also issued in a bloc of 8 stamps, two of each design. Design by
De la Patelière, engravings by Pierre Albuisson.
Berlioz was born in La Côte-Saint-André on December 11, 1803, and was originally educated in medicine in Paris.
| Abandoning medicine, he studied music from 1823 to 1825 at the Paris Conservatoire under the French composer Jean François Le Sueur and the Czech composer Anton
In 1830 he won the Prix de Rome. He became a librarian at the Paris Conservatoire in 1838, toured the Continent and Britain several times as a conductor between 1842 and 1854, and from 1835 to 1863 wrote musical criticism for the periodical Journal des Débats.
Berlioz was a principal force in the development of the 19th century
On October 4, 2004 Monaco has marked the 75th anniversary of the
birth (November 12, 1929) of their beloved Princess Grace. The label at
the bottom of the sheet contains a surprise: "Hommage à Grace, Patricia
KELLY", goes against the story that Prince Rainier was upset when the U.S.
commemorative of 1993 (Scott 2749) was issued with her American name "Grace
Kelly". Perhaps the Prince has had a change of heart in his old age.
Three portraits of the princess, printed in royal blue, at
different times of her life, by three different engravers, form the
designs of three stamps, valued at € 0.75, 1.75, and 3.50.
The low value shows her as a young actress in a portrait designed and
engraved by Pierre Albuisson.
The middle stamp shows her as a young princess in an engraving by
Czeslaw Slania which was made some years ago as an essay.
On the high value she is the mature wife of the head of state and
mother of three in her later life, engraved by the Swedish engraver Martin
- Monaco 2004. Close-up of the Albuisson engraving of Princess Grace
as a young actress.
The unvalued Royal Cypher Monogram was created by Slania for
Princess Grace prior to 1982, and was first used for the Princess
Grace Memorial sheet, issued in black April
1983 (Scott 1367). The links will open in new windows. For the new issue the years of her birth and death
have been added to her Cypher.
Monaco 2005. Monaco's admission to the European
Council. Design and engraving by Albuisson. Scan © Pierre Albuisson.
Monaco 2005. Luigi Valentino Brugnatelli (1761-1818).
Inventor of the case-hardening of metals in 1805. Design by Fantini,
engraving by Albuisson. Scan © Pierre Albuisson.
Monaco 2005. Frank Willard Libby (1908-1980). Detects
the dating by Carbon 14 in 1947, and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1960.
Design by Fantini, engraving by Albuisson. Scan © Pierre Albuisson.
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