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Published October 16, 2023 Updated October 16, 2023

Le Jeu des Peintres

Modern designs by 19 contemporary artists including Peynet and Hodges.

1973 France Grimaud James Hodges Collaborative Add to Collection

Fifty years ago, when this pack was produced, it was a revolutionary idea to bring together the work of 19 different artists in one pack. Since then, collective or collaborative packs have become commonplace. This one was compiled by André François. The 19 artists were responsible for designing the courts, Aces and Jokers, and are named twice on each. In addition, one of the artists, James Hodges (1928-2019), created the unusual pip designs and formations. The courts are mainly double-ended and are in a wide variety of styles. Most of the artists have signed their work. The Ace of Spades was designed by Raymond Peynet (1908-1999), also known for the pack called Les Amoureux de Peynet. Three extra cards provide biographical details in French about all 19 artists.

Le Jeu des Peintres made by B.P. Grimaud, France, 1973 Le Jeu des Peintres made by B.P. Grimaud, France, 1973 Le Jeu des Peintres made by B.P. Grimaud, France, 1973
Le Jeu des Peintres made by B.P. Grimaud, France, 1973

Above: Le Jeu des Peintres made by B.P. Grimaud, France, 1973. 52 cards + 3 Jokers + 3 double-sided cards with text in French, in tuck box. Size: 63 x 88 mm.

The backs of the boxes are completely plain - silver or gold. See the boxes

The backs are silver or gold, with no borders. In a different edition of the same pack, the extra cards were replaced by a leaflet with the same information

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By Roddy Somerville

Member since May 31, 2022

Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.


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