Éditions Philibert, Paris, 1954-1960
After World War II the floodgates for imaginative card-making opened (once again). Éditions Philibert published an outstanding luxury series of artistic and sometimes risqué playing cards in Paris from 1954 to 1960, including: Les Mousquetaires, St Hubert's Bridge, Corsaires et Flibustiers, Proverbes, Pierres Precieuses, Paris Scenes, Sirenes, Veronique, Déesses, Can-Can, Le Florentin and Mémoires de Casanova. Cards were produced to a high standard of quality with gilded edges. Many of the decks involve photographs of life models or scenic views; others depict paintings with different scenes at each end.
Designers include Albert Dubout, Eugène Lelièpvre, Gabriel Garachon, Pierre Albarran and Paul-Émile Bécat who produced the artwork, photography or paintings that make these decks so extraordinary, elevating the status of playing cards to minor works of art. In the case of the cards designed by Bécat, their luxurious sensuality and tender intimacy have rarely been surpassed in any other playing cards. The decks were finely printed by Draeger Frères.
Member since February 01, 1996
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.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
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.
Free reinterpretation of the traditional Paris pattern courts by the artist Claude Weisbuch.
Publicity pack for the Campanile hotel and restaurant chain featuring French provincial costumes, wi...
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.
Complete pack of 36 hand-painted and silk-inlaid playing cards with French suits made in Germany.
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.
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.
Révolution 1789-1989, celebrating the bicentenary of the French revolution, France, 1989
Scaramouche cartes à jouer with designs by Henri Favre, published by Le Triboulet, France.
Cyclists from the Domex-Weinmann team who took part in the 1989 Tour de France.
‘Cartes Catalanes’ published by Fossorier, Amar et Cie (Paris)