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Jonas Fouquet Navarra Pattern

Museo de Historia de los Judíos, Girona

The Spanish Navarra pattern was produced in The Netherlands by the Fouquet dynasty of card makers who had emigrated from France (Rouen) to Amsterdam in 1685 due to religious persecution. Rather than for export, this pattern appears to have been produced for the Jewish community living in the Low Countries. Sephardic Jews (“The Jews of Spain”) are a Jewish ethnic division who emerged as a distinct community on the Iberian Peninsula but suffered repeated persecutions by Catholics  more

Around six manufacturers are known from the Fouquet dynasty, mostly named Jonas but also including Jordan Fouquet (1751-1807), the last one being Jonas Fouquet (1807-1818). In both the examples shown below, the cards are numbered from 1 to 10 and there are no ‘pintas’ (border breaks) as normally seen on Spanish cards.

Navarra Pattern by Jonas Fouquet, c.1720

Above: Navarra Pattern by Jonas Fouquet, Amsterdam c.1720.

Navarra Pattern by Jonas Fouquet, c.1810 Navarra Pattern by Jonas Fouquet, c.1810 Navarra Pattern by Jonas Fouquet, c.1810

Above: Navarra Pattern by Jonas Fouquet (1807-1818), Amsterdam c.1810. It is likely that these cards were produced by Jordan & Company (owned by Abraham Kemp) who acquired the Fouquet business in 1818 and closed it in 1844. From the collection of Enrique García Martín.

CREDITS & REFERENCES

An 18th century French-suited pack by Jonas Fouquet can be viewed on the British Museum website

Additional research by Alberto Pérez González.

Last Updated December 17, 2017 at 07:35pm

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