We recently received an enquiry from a gentleman in Malta as follows: “over a decade ago I inherited from my ancestors a coloured deck of cards which were printed by Camoin & Co Marseille”. The enquirer wished to know the approximate date, value, etc. We gave our opinion and assumed that the matter was finished.
However, it turned out that the enquirer’s great grandfather had owned the cards as a young man. Like his father Lorenzo, he was in the Cotton Industry and used to trade with middle east countries especially Egypt. It is interesting to discover such personal details about the previous owner, his occupation and so on. The deck was inherited from ancestors, so now it has has a family history surrounding it. This reminds us of visiting a local history museum, where in a cabinet we might see some old things like a pipe, sewing implements, photographs. Personal details about the lives of the previous owners make it all so fascinating. With a family item like this the personal memories and sentimental values add a lot more than just material value.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A political pack designed by Pino Zac and published in 1977 by Editions Arts et Lettres.
Geometric designs by the French artist Jean Garçon for Knoll International, the furniture company.
Standard French cards but printed with fluorescent inks on a black background.
Free reinterpretation of the traditional Paris pattern courts by the artist Claude Weisbuch.
Publicity pack for the Campanile hotel and restaurant chain featuring French provincial costumes, wi...
“Les métiers et leurs protecteurs” playing cards published by Editions Dusserre, c. 1995.
Famous people associated with Nicolas Fouquet’s splendid château of Vaux-le-Vicomte.
French navigators and explorers on a promotional pack for the C.M.C.R shipping company.
Characters from the 2007 film Shrek the Third, a DreamWorks Animation production.
Advertising pack designed by James Hodges for a company specialising in regional cakes and biscuits....
Joan of Arc and her contemporaries in a colourful pack designed by Patrice Louis.
Typical costumes and views of Alsace together with lists of the principal sights.
Egg-shaped cards created by Rodolfo Krasno employing photographic images by Michel Leclerc.
French Cartomancy cards published by J. Gaudais; printed by Mansion, Paris, c.1830.
Costumes from four operas premiered at the Paris Opera between 1830 and 1840.
Honouring the bicentenary of the Montgolfier brothers’ first balloon flights in 1783.
A colourful pack aimed at children, with illustrations by Muriel Kerba.
Publicity pack for Gibert Jeune, the famous Parisian bookshop, with designs by James Hodges.
Costumes des Peuples Étrangers & Jeu d’Or dedicated to young people and likely used for games and fo...
“Le Nouvel Etteilla” cartomancy deck published in Paris by La Veuve Gueffier, 1806.
Révolution 1789-1989, celebrating the bicentenary of the French revolution, France, 1989
Scaramouche cartes à jouer with designs by Henri Favre, published by Le Triboulet, France.
Some early examples of popular German playing cards from the XV and XVI centuries.
Cyclists from the Domex-Weinmann team who took part in the 1989 Tour de France.
‘Cartes Catalanes’ published by Fossorier, Amar et Cie (Paris)
Elegant fashion costume deck published by O. Gibert, Paris c.1860.