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Published August 07, 2011 Updated July 06, 2023

Cartes Catalanes

Cartes Catalanes are used in a small area in the Eastern Pyrenees region of Southern France.

France Dieudonné La Ducale French Catalan Pattern Spanish Suited Add to Collection

French Catalan pattern

Cartes Catalanes by Dieudonné et Cie, France, c.1895

These Spanish-suited cards are used in a small area in the Eastern Pyrenees region of Southern France which has strong Catalan traditions. The French Catalan pattern seems to have developed its own identity in Perpignan during the nineeenth century. The designs are derived from the old “Spanish National” pattern but are different from the Spanish Catalan pattern. The broken frame lines, or ‘pintas’, have been preserved.

Cartes Catalanes, 1895

Above: Cartes Catalanes by Dieudonné et Cie, Angers & Paris, France, c.1895. The cards are manufactured by descendents of Jean Dieudonné of Grevenmacher (c.1720-1795).

Cartes Catalanes by La Ducale, France

Cartes Catalanes are used in a small area in the Eastern Pyrenées region of Southern France. Cartes Catalanes are used in a small area in the Eastern Pyrenées region of Southern France.

Above: Cartes Catalanes are used in a small area in the Eastern Pyrenees region of Southern France, 48 cards.

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Founder and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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