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Published October 20, 2023 Updated April 07, 2024

Hand-painted and Silk-inlaid playing cards

Complete pack of 36 hand-painted and silk-inlaid playing cards with French suits made in Germany.

1690 Germany Craft Hand-Painted Luxury silk Add to Collection

Complete pack of 36 hand-painted and silk-inlaid playing cards with French suits made in Germany, 17th C. The portions intended to represent the dresses of the figures, and the suitmarks, are cut out and inlaid with coloured silks, etc., the faces and other details on the court cards being hand-painted. The costumes are from about 1690. The suitmarks on the pip cards, though French, are represented in the German style as growing from a central stem and the lower values are decorated with flowers.

complete pack of 36 hand-painted and silk-inlaid playing cards with French suits made in Germany, 17th C. © The Trustees of the British Museum complete pack of 36 hand-painted and silk-inlaid playing cards with French suits made in Germany, 17th C. © The Trustees of the British Museum complete pack of 36 hand-painted and silk-inlaid playing cards with French suits made in Germany, 17th C. © The Trustees of the British Museum complete pack of 36 hand-painted and silk-inlaid playing cards with French suits made in Germany, 17th C. © The Trustees of the British Museum

Above: complete pack of 36 hand-painted and silk-inlaid playing cards with French suits made in Germany, 17th C. 90x65 mm. Hand-painted and inlaid with coloured fabrics. Backs marbled, edges gilt. Enclosed in white vellum cover with a single clasp, like a book. © The Trustees of the British Museum • Museum number: 1896,0501.531

complete pack of 36 hand-painted and silk-inlaid playing cards with French suits made in Germany, 17th C

References

O’Donoghue, Freeman M: Catalogue of the collection of playing cards bequeathed by Lady Charlotte Schreiber, Trustees of the British Museum, London, 1901 (German 190) [digital version here]

Another similar pack also in the British Museum can be viewed here: 1896,0501.530

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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.


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