Portugal on stamps

This issue shows various aspects of viticulture, an important sector of Portugal’s economy. I like how the historic artistic depictions on the stamps complement the contemporary photos on the miniature sheet, but I dislike the composite design because it breaks up the art works. A normal design with one single, larger picture per stamp would enhance their appreciation.

The painting by Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro shows a group of Portuguese personalities who met regularly at the Golden Lion restaurant in Lisbon. The painter is the gentleman in top hat standing on the right, with his brother Rafael (also an artist) sitting in front of him.

The set was designed by Eduardo Aires, lithographed by Joh. Enschedé (Netherlands) on enamelled paper sheets of 5×10 stamps with perforation 14×14½, and issued on 15 October 2004.

Stamp Print run Afinsa Gibbons Michel Scott WNS Yvert
0.30 350,000 3174 3165 2863 2683 PT097.04
0.45 350,000 3175 3166 2864 2684 PT097.04
0.56 350,000 3176 3167 2865 2685 PT097.04
0.72 350,000 3177 3168 2866 2686 PT097.04
1.00 300,000 3178 3169 2867 2687 PT097.04
sheet 60,000 B295 MS3170 2688

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