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French Playing Cards

Some of the oldest cards still in existence come from France. During the 16th and 17th centuries France was the major supplier of playing cards in Europe.

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Tout Est Bien Qui Finit Bien

Tout Est Bien Qui Finit Bien

‘Tout Est Bien Qui Finit Bien’ family card game by Dondorf.

Translucent Erotic Playing Cards, page 2

Translucent Erotic Playing Cards, page 2

Translucent Erotic Playing Cards, page 2

Translucent Playing Cards 1870

Translucent Playing Cards

Translucent Playing Cards, 19th century French from the Biedermeier period

Translucent Playing Cards, c.1850 1850

Translucent Playing Cards, c.1850

Cards from a translucent pack. Erotic images are concealed in the middle layer of the card and become visible when held up to a light.

Van Cleef & Arpels 1980

Van Cleef & Arpels

Promotional pack created for Van Cleef & Arpels’ boutique in Geneva, Switzerland.

Velux 1990


Velux - la fenêtre de toit de qualité, c.1990.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

One of a series of sumptuous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express playing cards produced by B.P. Grimaud for the VSOE gift collection. The 3/4 length court cards depict people in Oriental costumes.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Playing Cards 1984

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Playing Cards

The images for the cards were inspired by the typical passengers who traveled in luxury style in the 1920s and 30s.

Versailles 1970


Sumptuous ‘Versailles’ playing cards created by Matéjà and printed by B. P. Grimaud, c.1970

Victor Hugo “L’homme qui rit” 1985

Victor Hugo “L’homme qui rit”

Two different packs with costume designs for Victor Hugo plays, issued on the centenary of his death.

Victor Hugo 1885-1985 1985

Victor Hugo 1885-1985

Characters from novels by Victor Hugo marking the centenary of his death, as conceived by Dominique Asselot.

Vieux gréements 2004

Vieux gréements

Illustrations by Yannick Pennanguer of old sailing ships for Brest 2004, a maritime festival.

Virginie Houdet 2017

Virginie Houdet

Virginie Houdet “Cartes à Jouer” limited edition, 2017.

Visite de Saint Tropez 1994

Visite de Saint Tropez

Souvenir pack with 54 different views of Saint Tropez.

Vivacidol 1960


Advertising pack for Vivacidol pharmaceutical product, France, c.1960s.

Voutch 2015


Comic designs by the French artist Olivier Vouktchevitch.

Vues de Monaco-Monte Carlo 1994

Vues de Monaco-Monte Carlo

Souvenir pack with 54 different views of Monaco, especially Monte Carlo.

Willeb Cartes Piquet 502

Willeb Cartes Piquet 502

Éditions Willeb Cartes à Jouer Piquet - Belote - Manille Laquées 502

Zodiaque 1980


“Les Signes du Zodiaque” playing cards designed by Youdi des Aubrys.