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Published September 13, 2014 Updated June 18, 2022

Palekh by Aleksey Orleansky

In the style of religious icon paintings, these court card figures wear costumes reminiscent of the mid-17th century.

Russia Colour Printing Plant Orleansky Fashion & Costume Palekh 2014

Right: one of the Jokers and the two extra cards from “Palekh” traditional style Russian playing cards with artwork by Aleksey Orleansky, printed by the Colour Printing Plant, 1995. 52 cards + 2 Jokers + 2 extra cards in single or double boxes.

Above: four back designs.

Supplement

The Colour Printing Plant edition unfortunately contained some distorted colours. Orleansky issued a second edition of the deck in 2015. The deck has 36 cards, 2 jokers and three extra cards.

IMAGE CREDITS

All images courtesy Valentin Krasavin.

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Curator 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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