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TAAF 2021 stamp releases

Written by catpaw

June 27, 2021

TAAF 2021 stamp releases were a surprise. For those new to the area, TAAF stands for Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises, hence the reason it’s simply referred to as TAAF. I’m tempted to reuse the phrase “Oh where to start”  because there is so much to discuss. I’ll try to keep this brief. 

I’ve been holding off posting French stamps. Not because of the usual dearth of information, but the opposite.  While looking at various countries and territories, I thought I’d be smart and start with the French territories, after all, small post offices, small volume of stamps. That worked well for Andorra so “on to TAAF” I declared. Boy was I wrong. The stamps! The DESIGNERS! Some of my favourite French engravers were turning out drop dead gorgeous stamps for TAAF. So, I ended up spending a few delightful days chasing French designers down their various rabbit holes and popping up to discover new names and faces to admire. All in all, I have to say, my French comprehension improved a bit, and gained a renewed appreciation of engraving. 

It really was fun. I love researching stamps as much as I love collecting them. There’s something exciting about searching for information about a stamp that intrigues me or an artist who’s designs I’ve come to appreciate. It’s the hunt for information that lies at the heart of my love of philately. Oh France. Oh France! I dallied far too long with you.

TAAF – French Southern and Antarctic Lands

TAAF is the overseas territories of France that includes:

  1. Adélie Land (Terre Adélie), the French claim on the continent of Antarctica.
  2. Crozet Islands (Îles Crozet), a group in the southern Indian Ocean, south of Madagascar.
  3. Kerguelen Islands (Archipel des Kerguelen), a group of volcanic islands in the southern Indian Ocean, southeast of Africa, approximately equidistant between Africa, Antarctica and Australia.
  4. Saint Paul and Amsterdam Islands (Îles Saint Paul et Amsterdam), a group to the north of the Kerguelen Islands.
  5. The Scattered Islands (Îles Éparses), a dispersed group of islands around the coast of Madagascar.
    French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Wikipedia

A few familiar names among the TAAF 2021 stamp releases

TAAF managed to get some of France’s best to create their stamps. Engravers like Pierre Albuisson, Sophie Beaujard and Yves Beaujard as well as artists Sylvie Patte & Tanguy Besset made appearances. I’ve encountered their works many times over the years and, to be honest, was excited to see their names on the TAAF 2021 stamp releases.

I also discovered a new designer, C215  (Christian Guémy). He’s a street artist, who brings an urban style to his stamp work, not something you expect when looking at stamps about the remote Antarctic. Compare his Paul-Emile Victor to the others and you’ll see what I mean. His use of colours and broader strokes draws your eye to his work immediately.

There are a few artists lacking information. If I was unhappy with the way something translated or felt the content was lacking, I left the details off. This site is an ongoing project and eventually I’ll discover better info. In the meantime, enjoy the TAAF 2021 stamp releases. 

Engraved stamps

If, like me, you love to see engraved stamps still in use, check out Art du Timbre Gravé’s twitter account @ArtTimbreGrave. They often tweet about new stamp releases. Another must see site is Stamp Engravers. It is a massive database of engravers from around the world and is an essential resource.

Arpin Philately offers a brief, and easy to understand introduction to techniques of stamp engraving FAQ – How are engraved stamps produced? | The Stamp Echo (arpinphilately.com).

Mintage World goes into more details and breaks down types of engraving. How are Postage Stamps Printed? (mintageworld.com) Includes modern lithography as well. 

TAAF 2021 stamp releases – January  

Crabs 

 Crabs French Antarctic TAAF 2021 stamp releases

4 stamps in a souvenir sheet

Designer/engraver: Claude Jumelet

Release date: January 1, 2021


 

Marion Dufresne in a bottle

Marion Dufresne in a bottle 

1 stamp

The Marion Dufresne is a research & supply vessel that sails into TAAF bases. It launched 1995 and is named for Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne

Designer:  Marie Detree-Hourriere
Detree-Hourriere has designed stamps for French since 2012. Her website shows an extensive portfolio that includes work from her role as official painter of the Navy, one of only 5 women to hold that position.

Release date: January 1, 2021


 

Jellyfish

 Jelly Fish of Antarctic TAAF 2021 stamp releases

2 stamps on a souvenir sheet

Designer:   Pierre Albuisson
Albuisson has designed & engraved a number of stamps for France and it’s territories. Last year,  he created the Squids & octopus souvenir sheet for the TAAF. You can read about it here: So, you like cephalopods – an octopus stamp

Release date: January 1, 2021

 


 

The Apostle Islets, Crozet

The Apostle Islets, Crozet 

1 stamp on a souvenir sheet

Designer:  Raphaële Goineau
Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon painter, Goineau has designed stamps for La Poste since 1992. Her work can be seen on stamps from St Pierre as well as TAAF. 

Release date: January 1, 2021


 

Flora of Kerguelen

Flora of Kerguelen

4 stamps

Designer: Julien Norwood
Norwood is a naturalist illustrator, who has worked on many books and posters, including the 2008 La biodiversité des mares à Paris and the 2007 Spices book. 

Release date: January 1, 2021


 

Kerguelen and Crozet Cormorants

Kerguelen and Crozet Comorants TAAF 2021 stamp releases

1 stamp on a souvenir sheet

Designer: Nadia Charles

Specialist in colored pencil and graphite pencil, an original technique combined with other graphic techniques (ink, felt, dry pastel and airbrush) Nadia Charles makes drawings of a scientific nature. She notably draws illustrations for the National Museum of Natural History of Paris and that of Reunion, the INRA (National Institute of Agronomic Research) as well as for the T.A.A.F. (French Southern and Antarctic Territories). Nadia Charles Draughtswoman – Drawings / illustrations / Aérographie

Release date: January 1, 2021


 

Maintenance of Relais 26

Maintenance of Relais 26 

1 stamp 

Designer: N Le Guillouzic 

Release date: January 1, 2021


 

Coral Reefs of the Iles Eparses

Coral Reefs of the Iles Eparses TAAF 2021 stamp releases

2 stamps on a souvenir sheet

Designer: Elsa Catelin
Catelin also designed Monaco’s March 26, 2021 tribute to composer Camille Saint-Saëns.

I discovered intaglio engraving during a workshop during my studies in Rennes, in Bachelor of Plastic Arts. Fascinated by this medium, I joined the Estienne Nationale Supérieure School of Graphic Arts. I obtained my CAP engraving then Diploma of Arts and Crafts engraving in Paris, in 2000.

Curious about the graphic arts, I completed my training with different internships: the engraving of typographic punches at the cabinet of punches of the Imprimerie Nationale, the silkscreen printing of art at the Eric Seydoux workshop, the engraving of matrices for the stamping at Intaglio, Paris 17th, the printmaking at the Charlotte Reine workshop, the engraving of portraits with Yves Beaujard… Biography| Elsa Catelin

Release date: January 1, 2021


 

Aviso-transport La Meurthe  

La Meurthe at Crozet

1 stamp

Designer/engraver:  André Lavergne
Lavergne recently published a book of his work:  André Lavergne, Peintures-gravures-aquarelles, 2021, 64 p, 190 illustr. (© A. Lavergne). You can see a few of his previous stamps here André Lavergne – Art of the Engraved Stamp (artdutimbregrave.com)

Release date: January 1, 2021


 

Naval Captain Marooned on St. Paul, Pierre-Francois Peron, 1769-1846

Naval Captain Marooned on St. Paul, Pierre-Francois Peron, 1769-1846

1 stamp

Designer/Engraver: Sophie Beaujard
Beaujard won the Grand Prix de l’Art Philatélique in 2019 for her Montpellier stamp. She designed La Poste’s 2021 Napoleon stamp and the TAAF 43 anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty

Release date: January 1, 2021


 

Sea Lions of Amsterdam Island

Sea Lions of Amsterdam Island TAAF 2021 stamp releases

4 stamps on a souvenir sheet

Designer/Engraver: Line Filhon
Filhon designs stamps for France, TAAF, Saint Pierre and Michelon, French Polynesia and Monaco. She designed the Royal St Louis – Dreux Chapel for French post, and if conditions continue to improve in France, will be signing her work at Shop of the Royal Chapelle Saint Louis de Dreux, 2 square d ‘ Aumale, 28100 Dreux. on July 2, 2021.

Her first stamp was Royaumont Abbey, Val d’Oise, 2009 for La Poste

Release date: January 1, 2021


 

Cabins at Pointe Basse, Crozet

Cabins at Pointe Basse, Crozet

1 stamp

Designer: Claude Perchat
The first stamp Perchat designed for French post was the Juliette Dodu, 2009 (with Marie-Noëlle Goffin engraving it). Her earlier work included creating postmarks for First Day Releases, design and layout of philatelic documents.  She also designed and authored La France à Vivre, Portraits de Régions,  a travel diary in 2004, which included stamps from various regions of France. 

Release date: January 1, 2021


 

Basler BT67 Aircraft, Concordia Base

Basler BT67 Aircraft, Concordia Base 

2 stamps on a souvenir sheet

Designer: Pierre-André Cousin
Cousin started out as an architect and moved to graphic arts and design. Check out his work here ” In It ” – Pierre-Andre Cousin (pa-cousin.com) and don’t miss his inside works that show a wonderful sense of light and shadow. 

Release date: January 1, 2021

 


 

Andre Lebeau, 1932-2013

Andre Lebeau, 1932-2013 TAAF 2021 stamp releases

1 stamp

Designer: Yves Beaujard
Beaujard is one of the greats of French engravers. His first stamp for France was the 1999 Frédéric Ozanam. He has influenced a new generation of engraver and artists in France including his daughter Sophie Beaujard who designed 2 stamps for TAAF this year and Pierre Albuisson, who excels in engravings of marine animals. 

He won the Grand prix de l’art philatéliqeu in 2012 for his Andorra Casa de la Vall 2 stamp mini sheet.  He won the 2015  Grand prix de l’art philatéliqeu for his French stamp Paris Spring Stamp Exhibition. His Marianne et l’Europe was used by French Post from 2009 to 2013. 

 He previously worked for the US Banknote Company in Philadelphia, engraving banknotes and stock certificates.  He has illustrated over 30 books.  

If you have access to back issues of Stamp Magazine, the January #218 and February 2020 #219 have 2 articles featuring Sophie & Yves Beaujard. 

Release date: January 1, 2021


 

Chalcedony mineral

Chalcedony mineral

1 stamp

Designer: Claude Perchat
The TAAF minerals stamp series began in  1989 ( Analcime by Pierre Forget). Perchat began working on this series in 2014 (Fluorine).  

Release date: January 1, 2021


 

The TAAF are 65 years old

  TAAF anniversary  TAAF 2021 stamp releases

5 stamps on a souvenir sheet

Designers: Sylvie Patte & Tanguy Besset

 Beautiful or poetic images,
or useful or all
this together, accessible to all and who travel … the dream!
S&T (sylviepattetanguybesset.fr)

Their first stamp was the fun Halloween, 2001 for France. 

Release date: January 12, 2021


 

Southern lands and seas notebook

Southern lands and seas notebook 

12 stamps

 Release date: January 12, 2021

 


 

Paul-Emile Victor, 1907-1995

Paul-Emile Victor, 1907-1995 TAAF 2021 stamp releases

1 stamp on a souvenir sheet

Designer: C215  (Christian Guémy) HOME (c215.fr)

My works put invisible among the celebrities. Through these faces, I wish that passersby are confronted with their own humanity. 
C215 – french artist – street art – Christian Guémy – urban art (galerie-saint-martin.com)

Although this interview dates from 2016, it offers a bit of insight into C215’s creative process about stamp design. C215 Stamp centenary of Léo Ferré – French street artist (galerie-saint-martin.com)

Release date: January 12, 2021


 

June

The Antarctic Treaty 43rd Anniversary

The Antarctic Treaty 43rd Anniversary TAAF

The Antarctic Treaty TAAF 2021 stamp releases

1 stamp on a souvenir sheet, cancel

This block, offset printed, is embellished with a glittery partial varnish on the ice elements, as well as a embossing under the Antarctic continent  Sophie Beaujard | Facebook

Designer: Sophie Beaujard

Release date: June 12, 2021


 

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  1. A lot of work goes into such an article and the illustrations are lovely and well-chosen.

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