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V. F. Solesio Tarot

North Italian Piedmont tarot deck published by Solesio of Genoa c.1860. The Solesio family was a dynasty of card-makers first recorded in the early 17th century, with branches in Italy and Spain. Factories were operated by successive descendents of the family but it is not clear who V.F. Solesio was, possibly Vittorio Filippo Solesio (1846-1893), Faustino's son, as the original inscription on the two of cups woodblock appears to have been altered, and V.F. Solesio overprinted onto blank space on the four aces. The Italian branch of the business survived into the 1980s, exporting extensively and developing cheaper production methods, putting many competitors out of business.

V. F. Solesio Tarot, mid-late 19th century

Above: the four aces and two of cups read “V.F. Solesio Genova”  (Click to zoom). The backs are decorated with a pattern of blue dots
See the watermark

V. F. Solesio Tarot, mid-late 19th century V. F. Solesio Tarot, mid-late 19th century V. F. Solesio Tarot, mid-late 19th century V. F. Solesio Tarot, mid-late 19th century

Above: the names of the court cards and trumps are in Italian in this example, although sets with French inscriptions are also known. Roman numerals are used on the trumps.

V. F. Solesio Tarot, mid-late 19th century

Above: Piedmont tarot from the mid-late 19th century printed in blue ink with stencilled colours.

CREDITS & REFERENCES

All images courtesy of Maria Alessandra Umiltà.

Bellezza, Maria: A Todos Alumbra, in “La Sota” Nº19, Asescoin, Madrid, 1998.

Mann, Sylvia: All Cards on the Table, Jonas Verlag/Deutsches Spielkarten-Museum, Leinfelden-Echterdingen, 1990

Thanks to Alberto Pérez González and Jean Darquenne for additional research.

Last Updated December 04, 2017 at 05:48pm

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