Transformed playing cards featuring satirical caricatures of political figures then in the ascendant, Paris, c.1819.
Cartes Catalanes are used in a small area in the Eastern Pyrenées region of Southern France.
“Jeu de cartes comiques” transformation cards designed by Louis Atthalin (1784-1856) and published in 1817.
Standard French designs adapted for children. Made by France Cartes for La Grande Récré, c.2016.
‘Cartes Imperiales et Royales’ published by B. P. Grimaud & Cie representing imperial rulers and consorts from Austria, England, France & Russia, mid-19th century
A “Questions & Answers” family game from France produced by Imagerie Pellerin.
Cartes Recréatives is a set of Transformed playing cards designed by Armand-Gustave Houbigant (1790-1863) and first published by Terquem et May, Metz, in 1819.
Promotional playing cards created by A. M. Cassandre (pseudonym of Adolphe Jean-Marie Mouron, 1901-1968) with abstract, almost surrealist figures and ornamentation, but clearly inspired by medieval art and rendered into an Art Deco style.
This “Jeu de Familles” from the 1960s designed by Jean Bachès promotes Chambord glassware.
Marseille Tarot cards by Charles Cheminade of Grenoble, France, early 18th century.
Chocolat du Planteur cards (reproduction) by French artist Louis Bourgeois-Borgex, c.1900.
“Classique” by Draeger Frères, Paris, c.1949 with designs reminiscent of early French cards.
“Corsaires et Flibustiers” playing cards created by G. Delluc and published by Éditions Philibert, Paris, 1958.
“Dames de France” published by J-M Simon based on originals by Armand Gustave Houbigant, Paris, c.1817
The Dauphiné pattern is an archaic French pattern which was manufactured in the Lyons region from the 17th century.
During the latter part of the nineteenth century De La Rue produced two special packs of cards for the Continental market. The Aces of Spades are marked "De La Rue & Co. London and Paris".
Aluette playing cards manufactured by Dieudonné & Cie, Angers (France), early 20th century.
Cards produced in Rouen during the sixteenth century. It was cards like these which were imported to England and are the ancestors of the modern 'Anglo-American' pattern.
Éditions Philibert published an outstanding series of exotic, artistic playing cards in Paris from 1954 to 1960
The woodcuts were produced by Francois Georgin (1801-1863), a famous engraver during the Napoleonic period, retaining the composition and general features of the Tarot de Marseille.
Complete re-design of traditional pack into what the publishers considered to be ergonomically efficient.