200rd anniversary of the creation of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg formed at the Congress of Vienna
the major european powers met in 1814 in vienna to negotiate the redrawing of europe's boundaries. alongside a large united kingdom of the netherlands, entrusted to king william i, the allies (england, austria, russia and prussia) established a new independent state between the meuse and the moselle rivers: the grand duchy of luxembourg.
the design of this stamp is based on an italian manuscript illumination from the 14th century which shows the death of henry vii in buonconvento.
this commemorative stamp is based on a 14th century italian manuscript illumination. it shows the death of henry vii in buonconvento. henry vii was the first emperor from the house of luxembourg.
the mortal remains are surrounded by a devoted knight (thomas de septfontaines), a praying monk and two female mourners. the two motifs surrounding the page of ten stamps, namely the imperial eagle and luxembourg red lion. these motifs originate from the garment and shirt used to adorn the deceased on the cathedral tomb in pisa.