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Published February 04, 2024 Updated February 07, 2024

Jeu Quatre Empereurs

Brazilian scenic aces with emperors of Brazil, Austria and France and other dignitaries on the court cards.

1883 Belgium Brazil Van Genechten Political Royalty Add to Collection

Van Genechten produced packs with scenic aces for foreign markets to which he exported his products. This double-ended pack depicting Brazilian landscapes on the aces and various royal and political figures of the time on the court cards was published by Van Genechten for Brazil and appeared in price lists from 1883.

Jeu Quatre Empereurs published by Van Genechten, Turnhout, 1883 Source gallica.bnf.fr Jeu Quatre Empereurs published by Van Genechten, Turnhout, 1883 Source gallica.bnf.fr Jeu Quatre Empereurs published by Van Genechten, Turnhout, 1883 Source gallica.bnf.fr

Above: Jeu Quatre Empereurs playing cards published by Van Genechten, Turnhout, 1883. Square corners, no indices. Source gallica.bnf.fr / Bibliothèque nationale de France • Jeu Quatre Empereurs

References

The deck is listed in the catalogue ’Turnhoutse Speelkaarten', 1983 page 129, although the spades suit in the pictured cards is different.

Thanks to Paul Symons for extra research.

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Founder and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.

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I don't think the deck that's shown has existed as such ... It seems to be a mix-up of 'Cartes Brésiliennes' (that shows only two emperors, the Brasilian and the French emperor, together with the kings of Spain and Portugal, ref. Biebouw VG47) and the real 'Jeu des Quatres Empereurs' that's in the Van Autenboer and Cremers book, and that holds, amongst others, the emperess of Russia.


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