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Monaco 2021 stamps

Written by catpaw

November 25, 2021

Some of the designers and engravers who worked on the Monaco 2021 stamps may be familiar to some readers. Design luminaires Elsa Catelin, Sophie Beaujard, Martin Mörck and the grandmaster of French engraving Pierre Albuisson made appearances throughout the year. It’s always exciting to see high quality engraving pop up. As you can tell, I’m a huge fan of intaglio stamps, so Monaco was a bit of a treat for my eyes. 

Joining them is designer I came across earlier in the year, Russian artist/sculpture Elena Zaïka. She started Monaco’s year off with two stamps celebrating famous clowns. Although I’m one of those who never quite “got” clowns, I think Zaïka’s Yuri Nikulin Centenary stamp is a powerhouse filled with vibrant colours and tradition. It’s a great tribute to this still popular and much loved figure. 

Car enthusiasts have some interesting stamps as well.  The annual Legendary Racing Cars set features the work of two well known automotive artists, Fabrice Monaci and Michel Verrando. I’ve included links to more of their works below. The second offering is part of the Movies Filmed in Monaco series – The Infernal Circle,  Henry Hathaway’s 1955 film about race car drivers. Ok, not a great view of the cars, but a good collectable. 

The immensely popular EUROPA’s annual is here too. The 2021 topic Endangered National Wildlife  produced a great year of stamps. You can see all of them on Europa page

First Day Covers & cancels

I have to confess, I find Monaco’s covers disappointing. The same generic cover is used over and over, with no tie to the actual theme.  I think I’ve been spoilt by Serbia’s  magnificent covers including my favourite of the year, the Petar Manojlović dragon postcard FDC. Serbian artists use the entire envelope as their canvas so the FDC contributes to the overall theme. Unfortunately Monaco’s covers seem to be a bit of an afterthought.  Check out the Serbian cover 2021 Serbian stamps – a visual feast and skip down to the Stamp Day issue and let me know what you think.

Monaco is redeemed by their cancels.  FDCs are graced with some decent postmarks that, although not highly detailed, are still very collectable. 

So, grab your espresso, settle in and enjoy a trip to Monaco through their stamps.

January

Yuri Nikulin Centenary

 Yuri Nikulin Centenary

Yuri Nikulin Centenary FDC

1 stamp on a souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel 
Rotogravure / metallic gold ink / screen printing varnish

Yuri Nikulin | Clowns International has a fascinating biography on Nikulin.

Designer: Elena Zaïka
Zaïka also designed the April 2021 Yuri Nikulin stamp from the Kyrgyz Republic
Marka has a great write up on this stamp and the friendship between Elena Zaïka & Nikulin. Block for the Centenary of Yuri Nikulin (russtamp.com)

Release date: January 7, 2021


125th Anniversary Charlie Rivel

 125th Anniversary Charlie Rivel

125th Anniversary Charlie Rivel FDC 

1 stamp on a souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel 
Rotogravure / screen varnish / curve

Charlie Rivel – Circopedia

Designer: Elena Zaïka

Release date: January 7, 2021


Opera Singers

TimbreGayarre-800x800 Sarah LAZAREVIC single stamp 

Opera Singers  Opera Singers

Opera Singers FDC  Opera Singers FDC

2 stamps, 2 sheets of  6, 2 FDCs, cancel
Intaglio 3 colours & 5 colours

Designer & engraver of Gayarre stamp: Sarah Lazarevic  
Lazarevic is also known for her typeface creations. Sarah Lazarévic (devroye.org)

Designer & engraver of Caroline Miolan-Carvalhor: Pierre Albuisson  
You can see more of Albuisson’s work here Pierre Albuisson – Artiste Dessinateur – Maître Graveur (pierre-albuisson.com):  He is considered the grandmaster of French engraving.  He is the founder and chair of the Art du Timbre Gravé Association.
Albuisson also engraved and/or designed this years Dostoevsky, Proust and de la Fontaine stamps, and over 90 stamps over the course of his career.  Check out his incredibly detailed work for TAAF So, you like cephalopods – an octopus stamp | Bitter Grounds Magazine

Release date: January 25, 2021


February

Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters

ROLEX MONTE-CARLO MASTERS 

 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters

Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters  

1 stamp, sheets of 10, FDC, cancel
Offset

Toute l’actualité – Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters (montecarlotennismasters.com)

Designer: © S.M.E.T.T.

Release date: February 12, 2021


Nivéole de Nice (Acis nicaeensis)

 Nice snow weed (Acis nicaeensis) stamp

 Nice snow weed (Acis nicaeensis) sheet of stamps

Nice snow weed (Acis nicaeensis) FDC

1 stamp, sheets of 10, FDC, cancel 
Intaglio 5 colors

Monaco protecting native plant from extinction

Artist: François Guol  
Engraver: Elsa Catelin 
Catelin is one of my favourite engravers/designers. She also designed and engraved the Feb 2021 Saint-Saëns stamps for Monaco.
You can see more of her work on her website  Elsa Catelin | Philatélie, estampe, gravure et illustration. More illustrations of this stamp can be found on her site Monaco the Nivéole of Nice | Elsa Catelin

Release date: February 12, 2021


Centenary of  International Hydrographic Organization

Centenary of  International Hydrographic Organization 

Centenary of  International Hydrographic Organization 

Centenary of  International Hydrographic Organization fdc

1 stamp, sheets of 10, FDC, cancel 
Photogravure

Designer: Thierry Mordant Le Site Officiel – Thierry Mordant ® (thierry-mordant.com) and Thierry MORDANT – Annuaire des Artistes de Monaco
Mordant won the 2020 Yvert & Tellier cover competition with his “Monde Timbre” painting.  He has also designed over 50 stamps during his career. 

Release date: February 26, 2021


Centenary of Prince Albert I’s Ocean Speech  

CENTENARY OF PRINCE ALBERT I'S OCEAN SPEECH 

 CENTENARY OF PRINCE ALBERT I'S OCEAN SPEECH sheet

CENTENARY OF PRINCE ALBERT I'S OCEAN SPEECH FDC
1 stamp, sheets of 10, FDC, cancel
Intaglio and offset

Designer & engraver: Sophie Beaujard – Art of engraved stamp (artdutimbregrave.com)
Beaujard’s first design was for Andorra (Sp) in 2010. This year, she created stamps for TAAF (Antarctic Treaty 2021), Napoleon I and Simone de Beaujard for France. The Napoleon I block won Grands Prix de l’Art philatélique 2021 in the intaglio stamp category.

Release date: February 26, 2021


Regattas of Kiel

Regattas of Kiel 

 Regattas of Kiel sheet

Regattas of Kiel FDC

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel
Intaglio and offset

Kieler Woche – Keine Woche ist wie diese (kieler-woche.de)

Designer: Martin Mörck MARTINMORCK.COM
Mörck is often compared to the great engraver Czesław Słania (who also engraved stamps for Monaco). He designed Monaco’s June Słania anniversary stamp. 
Mörck has written a book about his work as an engraver of both stamps & bank notes titled By Mörck.

Release date: February 26, 2021


Centenary of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Death

CENTENARY OF THE DEATH OF CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS

 CENTENARY OF THE DEATH OF CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS

CENTENARY OF THE DEATH OF CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel
Intaglio and offset

Designer/engraver: Elsa Catelin 

Release date: February 26, 2021


March

Legendary Racing Cars 

TimbreWilliamsRenault-1000x400-900x400TimbreFoot-1000x400-900x400 StirlingMoss 

FeuilleHonda-800x800 FeuilleWilliamsRenault-800x800 FeuilleStirlingMoss-800x800 

FDCHonda-800x800 FDClWilliamsRenault-800x800FDCStirlingMoss-800x800

3 stamps, 3 sheets of 10, 3 FDCs, cancel
Offset, photogravure

Artist Honda & Renault: Fabrice Monaci
Monaci’s first stamp design was the 2004 Palais de Justice for Monaco. He was involved in the 2020 Legendary Racing Cars set.
Artist Stirling: Michel Verrando PRESENTATION – Site Jimdo de art-auto-verrando!
Verrando specialises in automotive art. His artwork has appeared on 10+ stamps for Monaco’s post office.  
 

Release date: March 5, 2021


International Bouquet Competition 2021

TimbreBouquets-1000x400 (1)-700x400 

FeuilleBouquets-800x800

FDCBouquets-800x800

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel
Offset

52nd International Bouquet Competition award winners / News / Culture / Policy & Practice / Portail du Gouvernement – Monaco

Designer: Giuseppe Mazza

Release date: March 15, 2021


International Dog Exhibition

International Dog Exhibition 

International Dog Exhibition    

International Dog Exhibition

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel
Offset

Monaco International Dog Show (visitmonaco.com)

Photograph: © Société Canine de Monaco

Release date: March 15, 2021


UEFA EURO 2021

Monaco Football 2021 cancel 

 Monaco Football 2021 stamp

Monaco Football 2021 sheet of stamps

 Monaco Football 2021 FDC

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel

Designer: Alain Giampaoli travaux graphiques – ILLUSTRATIONS – PEINTURES – PHOTOS A L A I N G I A M P A O L I ARTISTE plasticien GRAPHISTE (art DIRECTOR) (ARTLIFE)
Giampaoli’s first stamp was the 2006 Centenary of the Rolls-Royce car.  He has illustrated a number of automotive stamps for Monaco post as well as the poster for the 11th Grand Prix 2018.

Release date: March 25, 2021


April

60th Monte-Carlo Television Festival

60th Monte-Carlo Television Festival

60th Monte-Carlo Television Festival 

60th Monte-Carlo Television Festival

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel
Offset

Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, Hotels, restaurants, casinos in Monaco (montecarlosbm.com)

Photographer: G. Lukomski – Archives du Palais princier de Monaco
Poster: A. Antzemberger – Monaco Mediax

Release date: April 12, 2021


Official Royal Family Photo

official photo of the Princely Family 

official photo of the Princely Family sheet

official photo of the Princely Family FDC

1 stamp, sheet of 6, FDC, cancel
Offset

Photographer: Éric Mathon

Release date: April 30, 2021


May

10th Anniversary of Royal Wedding

 

10th anniversary of marriage

3 stamps on a souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel
Rotogravure and hot gilding

Designer: Éric Mathon and Gaetan Luci

Release date: May 6, 2021


25th Anniversary of ACCOBAMS 

25th Anniversary of ACCOBAMS  

25th Anniversary of ACCOBAMS 

25th Anniversary of ACCOBAMS 

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel 
Rotogravure / embossing / iridescent film

Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area (ACCOBAMS) Introduction | Accobams

Artwork: © ACCOBAMS
Designer: Créaphil

Release date: May 6, 2021


EUROPA 2021 – Long-snouted Seahorse

Long-snouted Seahorse  

  Long-snouted Seahorse sheet of stamps 

EUROPA FDC

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel
Offset

Long-snouted seahorse | The Wildlife Trusts 
Long-Snouted Seahorse – Profile | Traits | Habitat | Breeding – SeaFish (seafishpool.com)

Designer: Stefano Morri  

Release date: May 6, 2021


Gustave Flaubert’s 200th Anniversary 

Gustave Flaubert's 200th Anniversary stamp \

Gustave Flaubert's 200th Anniversary sheet

Gustave Flaubert's 200th Anniversary FDC

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel
Intaglio 3 colors

Gustave Flaubert – LAROUSSE

Designer/engraver:  Yves Beaujard 
Beaujard has been designing & engraving stamps for over 20 years. His first work appeared in 1999 with the intaglio stamp for Frédéric Ozanam. He was also the designer of the 2012 Marianne de l’Europe series. Beaujard is also well known as a book illustrator.  Yves Beaujard (illustrator of C’est encore loin, la maison?) (goodreads.com)

Release date: May 25, 2021 


Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) 200th Anniversary

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) 200th Anniversary single stamp 

 Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) 200th Anniversary sheet

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) 200th Anniversary FDC 

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel

Designer: Guéorgui Chichkine  Georgy Shishkin: definition of Georgi Shishkin and synonyms of Georgi Shishkin (French) (leparisien.fr)
Russian born artist Chichkine has called Monaco home since 1998. His first stamp design was La Salle Garnier  (engraved by Elsa Catelin) in 2005. He has designed over 15 stamps for Monaco.
Engraver: Pierre Albuisson  

Release date: May 25, 2021 


Marcel Proust 150th Anniversary

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) 200th Anniversary single stamp 

 Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) 200th Anniversary sheet

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) 200th Anniversary FDC

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel

Designer: Cyril de la Patelliere 
Artist, sculpture de la Patelliere has also designed a number of stamps for La Poste, including the 1989 Marianne set. He has also designed stamps for French Polynesia, TAAF and 17 for Monaco, working with Albuisson for three prior issues (2003, 2013 and 2019).  
Engraving: Pierre Albuisson  

Release date: May 25, 2021 


400th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF JEAN DE LA FONTAINE 

400th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF JEAN DE LA FONTAINE  single stamp 

 400th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF JEAN DE LA FONTAINE  sheet

400th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF JEAN DE LA FONTAINE  FDC

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel
Intaglio 3 colors

Jean de La Fontaine – Wikipedia (in English)

Hungary issued an imaginative set, celebrating de la Fontaine’s birth, by designer Zsolt Vidák.  Hungarian stamps 2021 from Magyar Posta | Bitter Grounds Magazine

Designer/engraver: Pierre Albuisson 

Release date: May 25, 2021 


June

 Alberto Giacometti 

Alberto Giacometti single stamp 

Alberto Giacometti sheet of stamps

Alberto Giacometti FDC

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel
Offset

You never copy the glass on the table; you copy the residue of a vision…Each time I look at the glass it has an air of re-making itself…it really always is between being and not being.” – Giacometti (1964)

Both the National Gallery of Canada and MOMA have great pages on Giacometti. The National Gallery’s biography is interesting and easy to digest. For a more extensive bio, head over the Giacometti Foundation.

Designer: © Alberto Giacometti Estate (Giacometti Foundation + ADAGP) Paris

Release date: June 17, 2021


10th Monaco Book Fair

10th Monaco Book Fair single stamp 

 10th Monaco Book Fair sheet of stamps

10th Monaco Book Fair fdc

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel
Offset

Designer: Joël Tchobanian  Joël Tchobanian – Directory of Artists of Monaco (annuairedesartistes.mc)
Tchobanian also designed Monaco’s July SEPAC Old Maps stamp.

Release date: June 17, 2021


15th Monte-Carlo International Jumping Show

10th Monaco Book Fair 

 10th Monaco Book Fair

10th Monaco Book Fair 

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel
Offset

Photographer: © Vanessa Von  Zitzewitz  Vanessa von Zitzewitz : Official Website

Release date: June 17, 2021


100th Anniversary of Czeslaw Słania’s birth 

Slania Monaco 2021 

 100th Anniversary of Czeslaw Slania's birth 

100th Anniversary of Czeslaw Slania's birth  fdc

1 stamp, sheet of 6, FDC, cancel
Intaglio 3 colors

Słania was featured on a stamps this year from Greenland, Faroe IslandsSweden and Poland. 
The burin of Czeslaw Slania

Designer/Engraver: Martin Mörck

Release date: June 17, 2021


Château d’Effiat – Former Fiefdoms of Grimaldi  

10th Monaco Book Fair single stamp 

 10th Monaco Book Fair sheet of stamps

Château d'Effiat - Former Fiefdoms of Grimaldi

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel
Intaglio 6 colors

Chateau Effiat – Chateau-effiat.com

Designer/engraver: André Lavergne  
Lavergne has designed over 300 stamps for La Poste (France), TAAF and Andorra (Fr).

Release date: June 28, 2021


July

SEPAC – Old Maps

 Monaco SEPAC historical maps on stamps   

SEPAC - Old Maps Monaco

SEPAC - Old Maps Monaco FDC

1 stamp, 10 stamps, FDC, cancel
Offset

Map of Monaco 1914

Designer: Joël Tchobanian  

Release date: July 19, 2021


The Nude in Art – Hercules and the Bull of Crétois 

The Nude in Art - Hercules and the Bull of Crétois  

 The Nude in Art - Hercules and the Bull of Crétois 

The Nude in Art - Hercules and the Bull of Crétois 

1 stamp, sheet of 6, FDC, cancel
Offset

Designer: © Archives of the Princely Palace of Monaco

Release date: July 19, 2021


September

“De Gati de Munegu”, the Monaco International Feline Exhibition

Monaco Cat show 2021

 "De Gati de Munegu", the Monaco International Feline Exhibition

Monaco International Feline Exhibition

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel
Offset

Monaco International Cat Show (visitmonaco.com)
RECEPTION (gatidemunegu.com)

Designers: Marie-Christine Lemayeur and Bernard Alunni The presentation page of Marie-Christine Lemayeur and Bernard Alunni at La Gaude (06) (alunnilemayeur-arts.fr)

Release date: September 7, 2021


Princess Grace Hospital – Eugenio Benedetti Gaglio Association 

Princess Grace Hospital - Eugenio Benedetti Gaglio Association 

 Princess Grace Hospital - Eugenio Benedetti Gaglio Association

Princess Grace Hospital - Eugenio Benedetti Gaglio Association

1 stamp, sheet of 6, FDC, cancel
Offset

Designer: © Association Eugenio Benedetti Gaglio

Release date: September 7, 2021


28th Grande Bourse – numismatic and cartophile dealers and collectors

28th Grande Bourse - numismatic and cartophile dealers and collectors 

 28th Grande Bourse - numismatic and cartophile dealers and collectors

28th Grande Bourse - numismatic and cartophile dealers and collectors

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel
Offset

Designer: Claude Gauthier Claude Gauthier – Directory of Artists of Monaco (annuairedesartistes.mc)

Release date: September 15, 2021


October

Film Posters Shot in Monaco  

Films made in Monaco - Hell on wheelsFilms made in Monaco - Red shoes Films made in Monaco - Angel Bay Bomben

Films made in Monaco -  Films made in Monaco -

Films made in Monaco - 1931 Swedish poster of the German film Bombs on Monte Carlo (Bomben auf Monte Carlo) directed by Hanns Schwarz

Films made in Monaco - FDC red shoes Films made in Monaco - Infernal circle

Films made in Monaco - Baie1931 Swedish poster of the German film Bombs on Monte Carlo (Bomben auf Monte Carlo) directed by Hanns Schwarz

4 stamps, 4 sheets of 6, 4 FDCs, 4 cancels
Offset

  • The Infernal Circle – Henry Hathaway’s 1955 film, The Racers 
  • Red Slippers -1948 British film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
  • La Baie des Anges is a 1963 French film written and directed by Jacques Demy
  • 1931 Swedish poster of the German film Bombs on Monte Carlo (Bomben auf Monte Carlo) directed by Hanns Schwarz

Release date:  October 5 2021


25th Anniversary of the  Museum of Stamps and Coins of Monaco Opening

25th Anniversary of the  Museum of Stamps and Coins of Monaco Opening 

25th Anniversary of the  Museum of Stamps and Coins of Monaco Opening

4 stamps on a souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel
Intaglio and offset

Museum of Stamps and Coins of Monaco (mtm-monaco.mc)

Designer/engraver: Sophie Beaujard   

Release date: October 15, 2021


November

Christmas 

Christmas  2021 Monaco

Christmas  2021 Monaco sheet 

Christmas  2021 Monaco

1 stamp, sheet of 10, FDC, cancel 
Offset and hot gilding

Designers: Marie-Christine Lemayeur and Bernard Alunni  

Release date: November 5, 2021


If you enjoyed the designers and engravers why not take a look at their work with La Poste? French stamps for 2021.

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