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Pedro Bosio, 2

Pedro Bosio, Genova

Spanish National Pattern, made in Italy, 18th century.

Genovese cardmakers enjoyed a lucrative business during the 18th and 19th centuries manufacturing Spanish-suited cards for territories in South America, probably in defiance of the Spanish monopolies in those territories. In this example, the Ace of Coins has a central disc enclosing an eagle with the arms of Spain, with baroque cartouches above and below which read “Pedro Bosio Estanquero In Ghenova”. The Five of Coins features the facing profiles of Ferdinand and Isabella, and the Four of Coins has a six-pointed star which contains the initials P.B. This derivative of the Spanish National pattern seems to have had a history outside of Spain itself and this example, originally produced in Italy, has come to light in a Chilean collection. To see another example by Pedro Bosio → click here.

Pedro Bosio Estanquero in Ghenova

Above: cards manufactured by Pedro Bosio, Genova (Italy) during the 18th century and probably for export to South America. The design corresponds closely to the Spanish National pattern. The cavalier of cups lacks the usual inscription of ‘Ahí Va’ and instead the ground is shaded beneath him. The cards are printed from woodblocks and hand-coloured using stencils. Images courtesy Alberto Campos.

Last Updated July 13, 2016 at 08:25pm

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