Friday, April 21, 2017

Bonsai on Postage Stamps: Republic of China (Taiwan).

"Eighteen Scholars"
(Set of four, issued August 20, 1984)
Of historical importance because these are
based on the Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1126) hanging scroll by that name
and thus show what potted landscapes were like at that time.
(actual area inside white borders:  28 mm x 47 mm)
$2     Playing musical instruments.
The penjing in the lower left is possibly a double-layered juniper in a light blue low, long tray.  At picture's edge is a palm penjing on a raised stand.
$3     Playing chess.
The tree in the lower right looks like a small pine in a round jade-colored pot on a low rectangular table.
This is next to a cream-colored stand holding a tall stone on which is growing a brownish-yellow-leafed plant.
$5     Practicing calligraphy.
The tree in the lower left at picture's edge is a large pine in a long, low rectangular tray.  Two smaller pentsai are just behind and to the right.  All are on a low cream-colored rectangular table.
(This is also in Qingquan Zhao's Penjing: Worlds of Wonderment, 1997, pg. 41; a b&w enlargement of the lower left corner of this picture can be seen on pg. 128 of Yunhua Hu's Chinese Penjing, 1987)
$3     Playing chess.
The tree in the lower right looks like a small pine in a round jade-colored pot on a low rectangular table.
This is next to a cream-colored stand holding a tall stone on which is growing a brownish-yellow-leafed plant.
"Bonsai" 
(Set of four, issued September 22, 1985)
Per Amy Liang's The Living Art of Bonsai; Principles & Techniques of Cultivation & Propagation ; New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.; 1992.  Images from Antonio González Álvarez's "Sellos de Bonsai, Bonsai Postage Stamps"
$2     Oak
The model for this stamp is a Celtis formosana Hayata, a Formosan hackberry, although in a different pot for the stamp (which shows the tree in a round corner cream-colored rectangular pot). (Pp. 16-17).
$5     Five-leaf [sic] Pine 
$8     Lohan Pine

$18     Banyan

"Bonsai"
(Set of four, issued July 20, 1990)
Per Amy Liang's The Living Art of Bonsai; Principles & Techniques of Cultivation & Propagation ; New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.; 1992.  Images from Antonio González Álvarez's "Sellos de Bonsai, Bonsai Postage Stamps" 

$3     Pinus thunbergii parl.
This is a windswept two or three trunked black pine on a thin slab.  (Pg. 62)

$6.50     Ehretia microphylla lamk.
Placed on what appears to be an antique rosewood stand, this cascading Fukien tea is planted in a hexagonal gun-metal blue pot which has side panels of white dragons.  (Pp. 42-43)

$12     Buxus harlandii hance.
This box tree has a wonderfully fissured large trunk.  (Pg. 26)

$16     Celtis sinensis pers.
A beautiful forest of over fifty Chinese hackberry trees is also slab planted.  (Pg. 19)

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