This attractive pack made by Naipes Comas, c.1990, celebrates four of the great Spanish painters of 20th century Spain: Picasso, Miró, Dalí, and Tapies. A famous painting by each of these artists has been selected, and original pips in the four suits have been constructed from an element within the painting. The artists/paintings are as follows:
- Joan Miró,1892–1983, Women and Bird in the Moonlight, 1949 (spades)
- Antoni Tapies, 1923-2012, Roig I Negre 4, 1985 (hearts)
- Salvador Dalí, 1904-1989, The Persistence of Memory, 1931 (clubs)
- Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973), Les Desmoiselles D’Avignon, 1907 (diamonds).
The pack has 52 suited cards, plus 2 Jokers, plus an extra card detailing the artists. The court cards show drawings of the artists, progressively aging through the jack to king; the aces depict a slightly larger area of the original painting with the artists’ signature; backs of the cards have the signatures of the four artists. The pack was published in a black a tray within a colourful sleeve►
Posada de la Reyna, 1836
Member since July 27, 2022
I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.
Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.
Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.
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