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Familles Provinciales

Jeu des 7 Familles Provinciales printed by Nisse, Croix-Lille, c.1930

Familles Provinciales

Festival des Pains

Festival des Pains Artisan Boulanger (Artisan Bread Festival), c.2003.

Festival des Pains

Film Stars

Film Stars from the 1960s with photography by Sam Levin.

Film Stars

France Royale Bridge

“France Royale” Bridge playing cards by Willy Mayrl depict historical characters from France’s royal past.

France Royale Bridge 1975

French Costumes

The French taste for elegant, well engraved costume playing cards started during the early 19th century. O. Gibert of Paris produced a series of such fashion packs, or packs depicting historical characters.

French Costumes 1848

French Playing Cards

Some of the oldest cards still in existence come from France.

French Playing Cards

French Revolution

Bicentenaire de la Révolution Française 1789–1989 created by Christian Offroy.

French Revolution 1989

Gambling and Vice in the Middle Ages

Gambling and Vice in the Hours of Charles V: card-playing in the local tavern

Gambling and Vice in the Middle Ages 1500

Gayant, 1793

French Revolution playing cards published by Gayant in Paris, 1793.

Gayant, 1793 1793

Geneviève Lirola

Stylish modern designs by the painter, decorator and ceramist Geneviève Lirola, featuring unity of colours in each suit.

Geneviève Lirola 1973

Genoese pattern

The design is purely 'Parisian' but the colouring is green, red, yellow and black. Belgium has taken this pattern for general use.

Genoese pattern

Glorious Russia

‘Glorious Russia’ playing cards made in France by Grimaud, c.1995

Glorious Russia

Grand Jeu Lenormand

A pack of 54 playing-cards for fortune-telling each card containing a number of zodiacal, classical and modern images with a miniature card of the conventional type at top left and a letter of the alphabet at top right.

Grand Jeu Lenormand 1899

Grimaud Spanish pattern

Grimaud Spanish pattern, c.1880

Grimaud Spanish pattern

Héron French tarot

French edition of the ‘Bourgeois’ Tarot by Héron.

Héron French tarot

History of Court Cards

The court cards in English packs of playing cards derive from models produced by Pierre Marechal in Rouen around 1565. A pack of such cards is preserved in the museum at Rouen.

History of Court Cards

Jacques Branger designs for Miro Company

Luxury packs published by Miro Company (Paris) featuring designs by Jacques Branger, c.1940s.

Jacques Branger designs for Miro Company 1948

Jeu “Gerente”

Jeu “Gerente” - published by Moncar in 1983 in the “Cartes de Fantasie” series.

Jeu “Gerente” 1983

Jeu D’Aluettes - Boéchat Frères c.1950

Jeu D’Aluettes manufactured by Boéchat Frères, Bordeaux, c.1950 with archaic Spanish features mixed with the standard Catalan pattern

Jeu D’Aluettes - Boéchat Frères c.1950

Jeu de 54 cartes

Jeu de 54 cartes, completely anonymous, designed to resemble locally produced French packs.

Jeu de 54 cartes

Jeu de Cartes Napoléon

Deck created by Matéja celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Napoleon (1769-1969)

Jeu de Cartes Napoléon

Jeu de l’an 2

“Jeu de l’an 2” by Grimaud is a facsimile of French Revolutionary cards first published by Veuve Mouton in c.1793

Jeu de l’an 2 1793

Jeu de la Géographie

“Jeu de Géographie” educational playing cards etched by Stefano Della Bella (1610-1664) and published by Henry le Gras, c.1644.

Jeu de la Géographie 1644

Jeu de Memoire

Jeu de Memoire card game promoting Véritable Chaumes cheese from the village of St Antoines in south west France.

Jeu de Memoire

Jeu de Mémory

Colourful Jeu de Mémory card game made in Taiwan, distributed in France by CMP Group.

Jeu de Mémory 2010

Jeu de Quaternes ‘Rizá’

Jeu de Quaternes ‘Rizá’

Jeu de Quaternes ‘Rizá’