These carefully designed, etched and hand coloured cards depict full-length figures of English historic personages. The King of Hearts is Sir Rhys Thomas (a controversial character in Welsh history), the Queen the Comtesse de Salisbury, the Valet, who carries a helmet in his hand, is unnamed, but the word 'France' is engraved at the left-hand lower corner. The King of Clubs represents Buckingham, the Queen the Comtesse de Marlborough, the Valet, who bears glasses on a salver, is unnamed. The King of Diamonds is Mac-Farlan, the Queen the Comtesse d'Argyle, while the Valet, who bears a falcon on his left hand, is unnamed, but the card has the address, "Gibert Fabr. a Paris," at the background. The King of Spades is Leicester, the Queen the Comtesse d'Oxford, the Valet is unnamed. The suit signs on the Kings have a crown above them, and those on the Aces are contained within arabesque ornaments.
The suit symbol on a given character is not always the same as in other examples of the same deck. That is because, being hand coloured, there was no consistency from deck to deck. There also seems to be some confusion regarding the titles of these similar French costume decks. In particular, this "Cartes Parisiennes" deck is also known as "Jeu de Costumes Historiques Anglais".
In France one can get special stamps produced by La Poste by uploading one's own photos or other images. They are produced in small booklets of 6 or sheets of 30. They cost a little bit more than buying stamps over the counter but are of course extremely limited. There are few restrictions on the kind of image (or indeed message) one can use. As postage rates are always increasing, a year or two after the stamps have been created, the extra one has paid to have them made has been compensated for by the increase in the rates - Roddy Somerville.
Member since January 09, 2013
Rod Starling was one of the founding members of the 52 Plus Joker card collectors club. He authored many articles for the club's quarterly newsletter, Clear the Decks. His collection encompasses both foreign and American decks. Rod also authored a book titled The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 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.
Stylish ‘Tuxedo’ playing cards with animal faces created by Natalia Silva, USA, 2016.
Free reinterpretation of the traditional Paris pattern courts by the artist Claude Weisbuch.
A celebration of different postal systems in Germany from 1630 to 1850, with designs by Volker Hartm...
Historical playing cards by C. L. Wüst depicting monarchs of Brazil and Portugal.
Publicity pack for the Campanile hotel and restaurant chain featuring French provincial costumes, wi...
Historical playing cards by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1820.
‘National Costumes of Turkey’ tarot by Industrie Comptoir, Leipzig, c.1800-1825.
Randy Butterfield's House of Tudor playing cards feature detailed art in a high-quality collectible ...
“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.
A selection of Mario Testino’s photographic work in various fields, notably fashion.
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.
Historical figures and artefacts from Navarre with designs by M. Sinués for the Navarre Association ...
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.