This charming 78-card Animal Tarot deck with French suits (instead of Italian suits) was produced by G. Larmoyer, Liège, Belgium in 1753. Tarot-playing countries outside Italy, including Germany and the Low Countries, tended to use packs with French suit signs and a different style of trumps from around this time. The trump cards are single-ended, have roman numerals and depict natural history subjects instead of the classical allegories - except the first and last, the juggler (no.1), and the fool (unnumbered). Over time, during the late 18th and 19th centuries, tarot (or tarock) packs started being made with fashionable musical, mythological or military themes on the trumps and did not always have a divinatory purpose. See the case►
The numeral cards run from ace - 10, plus four single-figure court cards per suit: jack, knight, queen & king. The jack of spades has the inscription “G. Larmoyer”; the jack of hearts holds a banner with the initials “G L” and the queen of hearts “A Liege 1753”. The four aces have ornamental frames, but no inscriptions.
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