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Published March 04, 2023 Updated March 05, 2023

Le Jeu de Marseille (Vigno)

Amusing depiction of characters whom you might meet in the city and port of Marseille, as created by Anne Le Dantec.

1995 France Altapo-Vigno Anne Le Dantec Caricatures Add to Collection

Marseille, France’s oldest city, has the reputation of being both rough and friendly. These two aspects are admirably captured by Anne Le Dantec in her designs for the court cards and Joker(s) in this pack. These are just the kind of characters you might meet on a stroll through the city, in a bar or down by the port. Pastis, fish, smoking and card playing are much in evidence. The indices are in French. The back design is made up of the prow of a boat, some colourful houses (or beach huts?), and the silhouette of Notre-Dame de la Garde. See the box

‘Le Jeu de Marseille’ created by Anne Le Dantec. Printed and published by Vigno, Marseille, France, 1995 ‘Le Jeu de Marseille’ created by Anne Le Dantec. Printed and published by Vigno, Marseille, France, 1995

Above: ‘Le Jeu de Marseille’ created by Anne Le Dantec. Printed and published by Vigno, Marseille, France, 1995. 52 cards + 2 (identical) Jokers in tuck box. Size: 58 x 89 mm.

NOTE: this pack should not be confused with ‘Le Jeu de Marseille’ created by various Surrealist artists while together in Marseille.

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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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