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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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B.P. Grimaud

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La Sibylle des Salons

La Sibylle des Salons facsimile of 19th century deck published by J M Simon, 1979.

La Sibylle des Salons

Le Destin Antique

Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since...

Le Destin Antique

Bretagne

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

Bretagne

Jeu “Gerente”

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

Jeu “Gerente”

Playtex

Playtex - le jeu de la beauté et du destin, Grimaud, 1971.

Playtex

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay.

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud

Les Géants d’un Mythe

Les Géants d'un Mythe created by François Poulain and manufactured by Grimaud, 1983.

Les Géants d’un Mythe

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

Le Grand Tarot Belline

“Le Grand Tarot Belline” after drawings by Edmond Billaudot (1829-1881).

Le Grand Tarot Belline

Dames de France

“Dames de France” published by J-M Simon based on originals by Armand Gustave Houbigant, Paris, c.1817

Dames de France

Versailles

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

Versailles

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

Back to the USSR

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

Back to the USSR

Glorious Russia

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

Glorious Russia

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

Tarot de l’An 2000

“Tarot de l’An 2000” designed by Pino Zac, 1981, satirising 20th century life.

Tarot de l’An 2000

Pirates et Corsaires

“Pirates et Corsaires” playing cards illustrated by Jean Bruneau, 1984.

Pirates et Corsaires

Cartes Imperiales et Royales

‘Cartes Imperiales et Royales’ published by B. P. Grimaud & Cie representing imperial rulers and consorts from Austria, England, France & Russia, mid-19th century

Cartes Imperiales et Royales

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.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Playing Cards

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

Le Jeu de Marseille

Having deconstructed traditional, bourgeois playing card symbolism they produced new, liberated designs expressing their own beliefs and values. The court cards were persons expressing new, revolutionary ideals.

Le Jeu de Marseille

Geneviève Lirola

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

Geneviève Lirola

Gath & Chaves

Gath & Chaves, Ltd

Gath & Chaves

S.S. France playing cards

A special non-standard pack of playing cards was designed by M. Marie for the maiden voyage of the transatlantic liner S.S. France in 1962.

S.S. France playing cards

Livre du Destin

Livre du Destin / The Book of Fate, c.1900, entire deck (32 cards)

Livre du Destin

Livre du Destin

Livre du Destin or Book of Fate, printed by B.P.Grimaud, Paris, c.1900.

Livre du Destin

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

French Playing Cards

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

French Playing Cards

Grimaud Spanish pattern

Grimaud Spanish pattern, c.1880

Grimaud Spanish pattern

Algeria

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

Algeria