Liechtenstein post has chosen Christmas cribs as stamp subject: much loved in Liechtenstein, these decorate the local churches in the time leading up to Christmas, at Christmas itself and in the period between Christmas and the New Year, bringing the event of Christ’s birth closer to the faithful in palpable three-dimensional form. A section taken from the “Crib at the parish church of St. Gallus, Triesen” is shown on the stamp with the lowest face value (CHF 0.85).
This depiction of the nativity scene is a relief mural handcarved in 1925-26 to a commission from Anton Frommelt, then parish priest of Triesen, by the Tyrol artist Johannes Troyer from sketches left after his early death by Josef Bachlechner. In 1994 the relief was restored as part of the church renovation. The second stamp shows the “St. Florin parish church Vaduz crib” (face value CHF 1.00). This crib was made between 1920 and 1925 from wood and bark by the South Tyrolese crib-maker Ferdinand Stuflesser. The 32 hand-carved attendant wooden figures (Holy Family, angels, ox and ass, shepherds, sheep and the Three Magi), which are up to 50 cm tall, were made by the same artist. Both crib and figures were restored in the 1980s.
A scene from the “Parish church of the Assumption Bendern crib” (face value CHF 1.40) completes the 2011 Christmas issue. This crib was constructed in 1982 by the Liechtenstein pioneer crib-maker Heinz Ritter of Schaanwald, by Ambros and Richard Hagen of Tisis (A) and by Peter Hasler (timber framing) of Gamprin. At the same time the existing group of carved and set wooden figures almost a metre in height has been augmented with three sheep carved by the Vaduz stone-sculptor and carver Engelbert Ospelt.
Title: Christmas 2011 – Liechtenstein
Date of Issue: 14 November 2011
Denominations: CHF 0.85, CHF 1.00, CHF 1.40