Saturday, 6 April 2013

DATABASE: Claude Jumelet

As so many famous French stamp engravers had done before him, Paris born Claude Jumelet (1946) studied at the Ecole Estienne, the famous Graduate School of Arts and Printing Industry. After four years of study he left, armed with diploma and medals, and went to work for the French Government Printing Works, at the young age of 21.

There he developed further into one of the major contributors to French philately. His introduction into the French stamp catalogue formed part of the 1970 issue to mark the transfer of the Government Printing Works to Périgueux. The stamp itself, the Marianne de Cheffer design, was engraved by Claude Durrens but the attached label was engraved by Jumelet. It would be the first of many issues which in one way or another were pivotal in French philately.

Since then, Jumelet has engraved hundreds of stamps, not only for France but also for countries such as Monaco and Tunisia and those of the former French Empire. His work has even appeared in the United States, when an American-designed, 1986 joint issue with France was given to Jumelet to engrave. He has therefore rightly been bestowed the title of Grand Master of France.

Jumelet is very passionate about the art of hand-engraving, be it stamps or other formats. He has been a member of the French organisation L’Art du Timbre Gravé, which safeguards and promotes the hand-engraved, recess-printed stamp, for years. In 2008, he engraved one of their annual complimentary souvenir cards.

Claude Jumelet has engraved quite a number of French definitives, following in the footsteps of Pierre Gandon. His first Marianne was the one introduced in 1989, Marianne de Briat. He also engraved her successors, Marianne de Luquet of 1997 and Marianne de Lamouche of 2005.

Not only that, he has also engraved a new version of the famous Sower stamp, when the centenary of that design was celebrated in a booklet issued in 2003. The stamp proved extra special because it was produced the old-fashioned way, with a transfer roller rather than by scanning the hand-engraved die after which a computer engraves the printing cylinders, which by then was the accepted practice for French definitives. It made the accompanying booklet stamp in the Marianne de Luquet design, also engraved by Jumelet, just as unique in being produced that same way.

Jumelet has also tried a few times to have his Marianne design chosen, but has so far failed to succeed. In 1997 his design and engraving was chosen as the best one by the public visiting the Philexfrance exhibition. The French President, always having the final say, did however choose a different design, that of Eve Luquet, which would, as mentioned above, be engraved by Jumelet. Jumelet submitted two other attempts, in 1989 and 2008, with privately made die proofs existing for both essays.
 
During Jumelet’s career, which already spans over four decades, many of his engraved stamps have been awarded various prizes. Jumelet even managed to win the coveted Grand Prix de l’Art Philatélique twice! The first time was in 2004, for his stamp depicting 15th century French illuminations, part of the 2003 joint issue with India. In 2008 he won again, this time in the sheet/booklet category, for his engraving of the ‘European Values’ booklet, depicting democracy, the environment and peace.

This article was first published in Stamp and Coin Mart of January 2015 and is reproduced with their kind permission. 






 
STAMPS

1967
Gabon, Gabon trees
Laos, Reptiles
Senegal, World meteorological day
Tunisia, Mediterranean games

1968
Cambodia, WHO
Gabon, International hydrological decade
Laos, Beetles
Laos, Fruits
Monaco, Nice-Monaco railway
Tunisia, 20th anniversary of WHO
Tunisia, Red crescent day

1969
Cambodia, Red cross societies
Malagasy Republic, Traditional dwellings
Monaco, Daudet
New Caledonia, Cattle-breeding (9f)
Senegal, Tourism

1970
Chad, Trades and handicrafts
France, Printing works move (label only)
French Territory of the Afars and the Issas, Car ferry
Ivory Coast, Air
Laos, Drums
Laos, Expo 70
Laos, Wild animals
Mali Republic, 25th anniversary of UN
Monaco, Baby seals
Monaco, Expo 70
Monaco, Dog show
Monaco, Publication of Méditations
Upper Volta, Linked cities day

1971
Cameroun, Philatecam 71
Cameroun, 25th anniversary of UNICEF
Ivory Coast, World telecommunications day
Laos, Mythology
Laos, Traditional crafts
Laos, Rotary club
Mali Republic, 13th world scout jamboree
Monaco, Campaign against pollution
Monaco, UNESCO
Monaco, Historical monuments
New Caledonia, South Pacific Games (100f)
Niger Republic, Philatokyo
Niger Republic, World telecommunications day
St. Pierre et Miquelon, Fisheries' vessels
Upper Volta, Musical instruments
Wallis & Futuna Islands, South pacific games

1972
Dahomey, Olympic Games, Munich
French Territory of the Afars and the Issas, Olympics
Ivory Coast, Opening of satellite earth station
Laos, Book year
Laos, ECAFE
Laos, Mythology
Laos, Religious festival
Malagasy Republic, Co-axial cable link
Monaco, Anti-pollution campaign
Monaco, Campaign against drugs
Tunisia, Tunisian red crescent

1973
Cameroun, Birth centenary of St Theresa of Lisieux
Cameroun, First anniversary of United republic
Central African Republic, Moon flight of Apollo 17
Congo, Olympic games Munich
France, Red cross
Gabon, History of flight
Gabon, Kinguele hydro-electric project
Ivory Coast, Motorway projects
Laos, Ceremonial dress
Laos, Lions international
Laos, Space aspects
Laos, Boy scouts
Laos, WMO
Malagasy Republic, Lemurs
Mali Republic, World chess championships
Monaco, Birth anniversaries
St. Pierre et Miquelon, Cultural Centre
St. Pierre et Miquelon, Transall C-160
Tunisia, Tunisian red crescent
Upper Volta, Mossi hair style and village

1974
Cameroun, Inauguration of Yaoundé-Ngaoundere line
Congo, Conquest of space
Dahomey, 50th anniversary of Winter Olympic games
Ivory Coast, World population year
Laos, UPU
Laos, Flora
Laos, Transport
Laos, Guglielmo MArconi
Laos, Beetles
Mali Republic, 2nd anniversary of rural press
Monaco, Definitives

1975
Congo, Ancient money
Congo, Celebrities' anniversaries
French Polynesia, Aviation
Laos, Chinese new year
Mauritania, Rock carvings at Zemmour
Monaco, Arphila 75
Senegal, España 75

1976
French Polynesia, Olympics
Mali Republic, The future in space
Monaco, Precancels

1977
Cameroun, History of aviation
France, Le Souvenir Français
Monaco, Mediterranean environment
Monaco Wimbledon

1978
Mali Republic, 2300th death anniversary of Aristotle
Monaco, Definitives
Monaco, Charles Perrault
Tunisia, 40th anniversary of April 9th revolution

1979
Monaco, Year of the child
Monaco, Salle Garnier
Niger Republic, Philexafrique

1980
Iceland, Fauna
Mali Republic, 350th death anniversary of Johannes Kepler
Monaco, Definitives
Monaco, Olympics

1981
France, Water
France, Drinking and driving
Iceland, Famous Icelanders
Monaco, Europa

1982
Andorra (French), Stamp exhibition
France, Tourism
France, Regions
France, St Francis of Assisi
French Polynesia, Overseas week
Monaco, Europa
Monaco, Polar year

1983
Monaco, Europa
Monaco, Communications year

1984
France, Air
Monaco, Palace concerts
Monaco, Television festival

1985
France, French language
France, VE day
Monaco, Scientific centre
Monaco, Italia 85
New Caledonia, Protection of Heritage

1986
France, Statue of Liberty
Monaco, Ameripex 86
Monaco, Halley's comet
Monaco, Insurance congress
New Caledonia, Stockholmia 86
United States, Statue of Liberty

1987
France, Red cross
French Polynesia, Tools and weapons
Monaco, Small states games
Monaco, Anniversaries
St. Pierre et Miquelon, Le grand barachois

1988
France, Europa
Monaco, Friends of children
Monaco, Europa
Monaco, Congress centre
Monaco, Clothing industry
St. Pierre et Miquelon, Calgary

1989
France, French revolution
France, Marianne definitives
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Ships
Monaco, Philexfrance 89
St. Pierre et Miquelon, Judo

1990
France, Fishes
Monaco, Football championship
Monaco, Powerboat racing championship
Monaco, Civil airport association
Monaco, Pétanque championship
New Caledonia, Kanaka money
St. Pierre et Miquelon,  Micmac canoe
St. Pierre et Miquelon, coastline

1991
France, Red cross
France, Tennis champion ships
French Polynesia, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Monaco, Europa
Monaco, Olympics
Monaco, Contemporary art prize
Monaco, Treaty of Péronne
St. Pierre et Miquelon, Old views
St. Pierre et Miquelon, Rowing boat crossing
Vatican City, Bishop's assembly

1992
France, Europa
France, Declaration of 1st republic
French Polynesia, Arts festival
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Arms
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Paul Tchernia
Monaco, Olympics
Monaco, Grand prix
Monaco, Car rally
Monaco, Tourist submarine
Monaco, Princes' titles
Monaco, Stamp museum
New Caledonia, Noumea Museum
St. Pierre et Miquelon, Albertville

1993
France, Red cross
French Polynesia, Jacques Boullaire
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Voyage of l'Astrolabe
Monaco, Europa
Monaco, Admission to UNO
Monaco, Olympic Committee session
St. Pierre et Miquelon, Deep sea diving

1994
France, Stamp day
France, Franco-Swedish relations
France, Georges Pompidou
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Sea-bed sample
Monaco, Olympics
Monaco, Europa
Monaco, IOC
Monaco, Football championship
Monaco, Amateur athletics foundation
Monaco, Civil aviation organization
St. Pierre et Miquelon, Natural heritage

1995
France, People's relief association
France, Francis Jammes
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Mt Erebus expedition
Monaco, Europa
Monaco, Emperor Augustus monument
Monaco, Stamp and coin museum
Monaco, UNO
St. Pierre et Miquelon, Triathlon

1996
France, Stamp day
France, From Gaul to France
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Austral
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Port-Couvreux
Monaco, Chapel of our lady of mercy
Monaco, Dialling code
Monaco, Stamp and coin museum
Monaco, Stamp issuing office
St. Pierre et Miquelon, Boxers
St. Pierre et Miquelon, Miquelon
St. Pierre et Miquelon,  Customs House

1997
France, School of brdiges and highways
France, Chateau du Plessis Bourré
France, Bishop of Tours
France, Marianne definitives
France, Japan year
France, Philexfrance 99
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Marion Dufresne
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Jean Turquet
Mayotte, Lemur
Mayotte, First flight to Reunion
Monaco, Pacific 97
Monaco, Paintings
Monaco, Louis David
St. Pierre et Miquelon, Cap aux Basques

1998
France, Stamp day
France, Réunions architectural heritage
France, Tourism
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Porbeagle shark
Monaco, First Formula 3000 grand prix
Monaco, Christmas
Monaco, Rainier's accession
New Caledonia, Abolition of slavery
St. Pierre et Miquelon, Olympic Games, curling

1999
France, Philexfrance 99
France, King Richard I of England
France, Tourism
French Polynesia, Tattoos
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Ray
Mayotte, Map
Mayotte, Genet
Monaco, Monaco 99
Monaco, Philexfrance 99

2000
France, Tourism
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Explorers
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Lantern fishes
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Penguin colony
Monaco, Dog show
Monaco, Four evangelists
Monaco, Olympics
Monaco, New aquarium
Monaco, Anthropological museum
Monaco, Sardinian stamp
Wallis & Futuna Islands, La Glorieuse

2001
France, Art
France, Tourism
France, Albert Decaris
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Xavier-Charles Richert
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Ships
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Squid
Wallis & Futuna Islands, Le Jacques Cartier

2002
France, Nimes amphitheatre
France, Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Arms
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Marion Dufresne
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Visit of Guass
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Crab
Monaco, Flora and fauna
Monaco, Dog show
Monaco, Monacophil 2002
Monaco, Red cross
Wallis & Futuna Islands, Monseigneur Pompallier
Wallis & Futuna Islands, Thatched houses

2003
France, Nantes city
France, Milan Stefanik
France, Sower centenary
France, Illuminations
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Cabot
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Centenary of expedition
Monaco, Artists
Wallis & Futuna Islands, Pierre-Louis-Marie Chanel
Wallis & Futuna Islands, Monseigneur Bataillon

2004
France, Philatelic societies congress
France, AIDS
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Mario Marret
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Krill
Monaco, St Dévote
Monaco, Amphibians
Monaco, Spring arts festival
Monaco, Russian ballet
Monaco, Hypodermic syringe
Wallis & Futuna Islands, First Flight
Wallis & Futuna Islands, Monseigneur Elloy

2005
France, Marianne de Lamouche definitives
France, Red cross
France, Art
France, Battle of Austerlitz
France, Jacob Kaplan
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Albert Bauer
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Harpovoluta charcoti
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Return of le Français
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Port Couvreux
Monaco, Rotary international
Monaco, Show jumping competition
Monaco, Journee du Patrimoine

2006
France, Rembrandt
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Colin de Kerguelen
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Dumont d'Urville base
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Marbled rockcod
St. Pierre et Miquelon, Sperm whale
St. Pierre et Miquelon, Orchids

2007
France, Lighthouses
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Aleno de Saint Aloüarn
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Archaeology on St Paul Island

2008
France, European values
France, Grand Palais Paris
France, Richelieu
France, Acrobatic aircraft
France, Le Havre
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Galium antarcticum
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Marion Dufresne
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Port Jeanne d'Arc

2009
France, Jean Calvin
France, Euromed
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Southern lanternshark

2010
France, The Jeanne d'Arc
France, The 1940 appeal
France, Treaty of Turin
Monaco, Auguste Rodin

2011
France, CNES
France, Tram-train de Mulhouse
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Sheathbills
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Martin de Vivies base

2012
Andorra (French) Henri IV of France
France, King Henri IV of France
France, Palace of Justice Lyon
France, Steam locomotive
France, Finistère
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Molloy base
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Prince of Monaco Island in Kerguelen
Monaco, Grand Prix
Monaco, Joint issue with TAAF
Monaco, Kerguelen

2013
France, Theatre masks
France, Santiago de Compostela
France, Jacques Baumel
France, Rixheim
Monaco, Sociéte Nautique de Monaco

2014
France, Santiago de Compostela
France, Marguerite Duras
France, Marquise de Pompadour
France, Charles Péguy

2015
France, Martin Nadaud
France, Haguenau
France, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

2016
France, Charles Gleyre
France, The Charleston

2017
France, Anne Morgan
France, Jean-Baptiste Charcot
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Challenger 8

OTHER PHILATELIC ENGRAVINGS

1989
France, Philexfrance label
France, Essay for new Marianne stamp

1997
France, Essay for new Marianne stamp

2004
France, Salon du Timbre souvenir sheet

2008
France, Engraving for Art du Timbre Gravé
France, Essay for new Marianne stamp

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