Fantasy “Felipe V” Spanish Suited pack based on popular models, anonymous manufacturer, c.1760. The pack contains 52 cards; unusual in that it has numeral cards up to 10, plus ‘Sotas’, ‘Caballos’ and ‘Reyes’. The original version of this deck, dedicated to Philip V on the ace of coins, is the work of the Sarton Bros & Sisters of Brussels , whose name appeared on the banner of the ace and five of swords. Obviously destined for Spanish markets, the deck consists of a strange mixture of models where the presence of a lion stands out in all the figures, and the king of clubs holds the classic pharmaceutical symbol. The absence of ‘pintas’ (border breaks) and the unusual number of 52 cards underscore the rarity of a deck of obvious Nordic iconography; while the mock Latin inscriptions on the ace and five of coins are amusing nonsense.
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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.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
French-suited Bavarian Animal Tarot by J B Dubois, Liège, Belgium, late 18th C.
Early 19th century Animal Tarot pack produced by J T Dubois, Liège, Belgium.
Psychedelic designs promoting Louis De Poortere, a company selling carpets and rugs.
Review of “Trzes’ Moorish Deck” facsimile published by Ulrich Kaltenborn, Berlin, 2023.
Historical figures and artefacts from Navarre with designs by M. Sinués for the Navarre Association ...
‘Baraja Mística’ satirical playing-cards featuring revelling clergy published by Litografía Fernánde...
Some early examples of popular German playing cards from the XV and XVI centuries.
Satirical playing cards manufactured by Francar y Cía depicting political situation, Barcelona, 1872...
Raimundo García pattern produced by José Cumplido in Madrid, dated 1860 on the four of coins.
‘Amorcillos’ (Cupids), a masterpiece from the golden age of Spanish playing cards by Clemente Roxas,...
Costumes of people of Brazil, Peru and Mexico, with views of Rio de Janeiro on the aces.
Félix Solesio e Hijos - Real Fábrica de Madrid - Spanish National pattern for Venezuela
Four Corners of the World fantasy playing cards by Daveluy, Bruges, Belgium, 1875-1880.
The “Parisian Tarot”, early 1600s, with imagery and design synthesizing several influences.
Aluette game by Fabrique Dieudonné Jeune, Orléans, for Spanish market, c.1850.
A Spanish-suited pack as conceived by 48 different artists from the region of Murcia.
Re-edition of a French-suited Spanish pack from the Napoleonic era, with designs by J. Carrafa.
Baraxa Galega designed by F. Perez Llamosas and published by Naipes Heraclio Fournier, 1983.
Designs by Guitián, published by Ideas Peregrinas, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, c2018.