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“Deck with French suits”

A facsimile of an early 19th century French-suited deck from the collection of F.X. Schmid.

“Deck with French suits”

16th Century French Playing Cards based on Illustrations by Gurney Benham

This pack of cards by Rose & Pentagram is said to be based off Pierre Marechal, Rouen pack from the 1600s, but they are actually copies of drawings by Gurney Benham from his book Playing Cards: Their History and Secrets from 1930.

16th Century French Playing Cards based on Illustrations by Gurney Benham 2006

1900 Jeu de Cartes

‘Jeu de Cartes 1900’ designed by Marie Christine Schira in the Art Nouveau or Jugendstil style, 1979.

1900 Jeu de Cartes 1979

62: French regional patterns: the queens and jacks

Continuing our look at the figures from the regional patterns of France.

62: French regional patterns: the queens and jacks

63: The descendants of the French regional patterns: 1

A great many regional patterns were exported from France and subsequently copied elsewhere. Some of them became local standards in their own right.

63: The descendants of the French regional patterns: 1

64: The descendants of the French regional patterns: 2

A continuation of the development of the off-spring of the Paris patterns and a few examples of how the French regional figures have inspired modern designers.

64: The descendants of the French regional patterns: 2

A. Camoin & Cie

This deck was inherited from ancestors, it has has a family history surrounding it. Details of the lives of previous owners make it all so fascinating.

A. Camoin & Cie

A. Camoin & Cie, Casablanca & Marseille

Spanish national pattern by A. Camoin & Cie, Casablanca & Marseille

A. Camoin & Cie, Casablanca & Marseille

Alcatel

Alcatel playing cards published by Éditions Dusserre, c.1970s

Alcatel

Algeria

Spanish suited playing cards produced by B. P. Grimaud (Paris) for Algeria, around 1910.

Algeria 1910

Alphonse Arnoult

Finely engraved deck by Alphonse Arnoult (Paris), c.1860. 52 cards.

Alphonse Arnoult 1860

Alphonse Arnoult Spanish-suited pack

Luxurious Spanish-suited pack made by Alphonse Arnoult, Paris, France, c.1850.

Alphonse Arnoult Spanish-suited pack 1850

Amorous Translucent Playing Cards

Amorous Translucent Playing Cards, French, c.1850.

Amorous Translucent Playing Cards

Astérix

Cartes à Jouer ‘Astérix’ published by Ducale, 1987.

Astérix 1987

Atouts de la Vie

“Atouts de la Vie” wartime card game created by Madame Lucien Willemetz, c.1940.

Atouts de la Vie

Back to the USSR

Back to the USSR deck featuring communist party leaders and politicians, c.1995

Back to the USSR

Banque Nationale de Paris, c.1962

Special deck made for La Banque Nationale de Paris by Van Genechten, Turnhout, c.1962.

Banque Nationale de Paris, c.1962 1962

Bass & Bass Jeu des Familles

Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989.

Bass & Bass Jeu des Familles

Beaujolais je t’aime …

Pack promoting Beaujolais wine published by Editions du Nuton, France.

Beaujolais je t’aime …

Benedicte Morand-Bail

Benedicte Morand-Bail’s striking and colourful abstract poker deck with French named courts

Benedicte Morand-Bail

Benoist Laius

Spanish playing cards such as these were used in those parts of France where certain games were enjoyed, such as Aluette.

Benoist Laius 1710

Boisse English pattern

Boisse English pattern, c.1870 based on designs by De La Rue.

Boisse English pattern

Bone Playing Cards

My late mother found these miniature cards in a skip around 50 years ago.

Bone Playing Cards

Boulogne-sur-Mer Chamber of Commerce

Boulogne-sur-Mer Chamber of Commerce & Industry playing cards illustrated by James Hodges, c.1974.

Boulogne-sur-Mer Chamber of Commerce 1974

Bretagne

Bretagne (Brittany) playing cards, Grimaud, c.1970.

Bretagne

Bretagne

Jeu de Cartes “Bretagne” conveying their cultural identity.

Bretagne

British Museum Playing Cards

Unique pack of playing cards created for the British Museum with illustrations by Frances Button.

British Museum Playing Cards

Butagaz

“Butagaz” playing cards for the French gas company, c.1976

Butagaz