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Published August 23, 2022 Updated August 23, 2022

Bicentenario della Rivoluzione Francese

Bicentenary of the French Revolution pack produced by Vannini, Florence, Italy, 1989.

1989 France Italy Vannini Giovanni Bruzzi Commemorative Revolution Add to Collection

An Italian tribute to some of the principal players involved in the French Revolution. This is probably the only pack produced outside France to commemorate the bicentenary of the French Revolution. Artist Giovanni Bruzzi (b. 1936) has used a limited range of colours (blue, orange and red for the red suits; blue, orange and black for the black suits) to produce bold and effective designs featuring portraits of twelve of the main protagonists, each of whom is named. There are two accompanying leaflets in Italian and in full colour. This was a numbered edition of 3,000 packs, with the number being stamped inside the top lid of the box. See the box

• See the court card protagonists

Bicentenary of the French Revolution pack produced by Vannini, Florence, Italy, 1989. Bicentenary of the French Revolution pack produced by Vannini, Florence, Italy, 1989. Bicentenary of the French Revolution pack produced by Vannini, Florence, Italy, 1989.

Above: Bicentenary of the French Revolution pack designed by Giovanni Bruzzi and produced by Vannini, Florence, Italy, 1989. 52 cards + 2 Jokers + 2 leaflets in tuck box. Size: 63 x 89 mm. Numbered edition of 3,000 packs.

REFERENCES

• Depaulis, T. “Les cartes de la Révolution”. Issy-les-Moulineaux, 1989 (cat. no. 113).

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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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