Playing cards designed by Renée Sturbelle, Belgium
Original artistic playing cards with abstract designs by Renée Sturbelle, first published by Brepols S.A., Turnhout, 1947, possibly reprinted by van Genechten in c.1960. The designs are hand-drawn in ink, coloured red, blue and black, and inspired by a sort of simplified cubism. The Jacks are drummers or archers; the Queens are harpists or holding glasses; the Kings are swordsmen or statesmen. 52 cards + Joker. There is not much information available about the artist Renée Sturbelle, who is believed to have been born in Belgium.