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Published February 11, 2013 Updated June 18, 2022

Jeu des Rois de France

This beautifully engraved and pleasing deck designed in 1856 has French Kings and consorts as the Kings and Queens, with noble attendants as the Jacks, all dressed in magnificent period costumes.

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“Jeu des Rois de France”, Grimaud, Paris, c.1856

Costume playing cards became very fashionable in France during the 19th century. This beautifully engraved and pleasing historical deck designed in 1856 has French Kings and consorts as the Kings and Queens, with court attendants as the Jacks, all dressed in magnificent period costumes from their respective eras.

Other cards with courts showing contemporary costumes were made by O. Gibert, also of Paris, around the same time.

“Jeu des Rois de France”, B.P.Grimaud, Paris, c.1856

Above: “Jeu des Rois de France”, engraved, hand-coloured, gilded corners, manufactured by B.P.Grimaud, Paris, c.1856 and reprinted c.1891. The manufacturer's name can be read on the Jack of Clubs. Modern reprints are also available. 82x50 mms. Images courtesy Rod Starling.

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By Rod Starling

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.


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