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Published July 02, 2023 Updated July 02, 2023

B.P. Grimaud pack for Bolivia

Spanish-suited pack made in France for sale in Bolivia, c.1880.

1880 Bolivia France Latin America Grimaud Catalan Pattern Add to Collection

This brightly coloured version of the Spanish Catalan pattern was produced by B.P. Grimaud in Paris for sale in Bolivia, c.1860-1890. The four of cups has the inscription “De una hoja B.P. Grimaud y Ca” with a rising sun trademark. The four of coins has an image of two goats beneath a fruit tree while the ace of coins contains a central bust of a person wearing a plumed helmet within a crowned circular frame, mounted on a plinth carrying symbols of maritime trade with flags as a backdrop. There are no further inscriptions.

Spanish Catalan pattern produced by B.P. Grimaud in Paris for sale in Bolivia, c.1860-1890. Source gallica.bnf.fr / Bibliothèque nationale de France Spanish Catalan pattern produced by B.P. Grimaud in Paris for sale in Bolivia, c.1860-1890. Source gallica.bnf.fr / Bibliothèque nationale de France Spanish Catalan pattern produced by B.P. Grimaud in Paris for sale in Bolivia, c.1860-1890. Source gallica.bnf.fr / Bibliothèque nationale de France

Above: Spanish Catalan pattern produced by B.P. Grimaud in Paris for sale in Bolivia, c.1860-1890. 48 cards, gilded corners, backs with spheres and diamonds dotted in black. Source gallica.bnf.fr / Bibliothèque nationale de France • Jeu de cartes au portrait espagnol vendu en Bolivie

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