This Spanish-suited pack made by Pou y Cía in Madrid, c.1860, in many ways anticipates what became known as the Modern Catalan pattern, and which was mostly produced in the Barcelona region. The postures of the court cards correspond to the Catalan pattern but the shape of the cups suit symbols are not yet like egg cups, and one or two other features, such as plumed hats on all the sotas and cavaliers, retain a more baroque or archaic style.
The four of cups has the inscription ‘de una hoja’ and ‘Pou y Cía Madrid’, with a sun rising above a cloud motif and a horse standing next to a well. The ace of cups is adorned with two serpents as handles. It is worth pondering whether it is merely coincidental that the Catalan word ‘pou’ translates to 'well,' hinting at the possibility that this Catalan card maker was based in Madrid rather than his native region, producing cards in the taste of his clients in Madrid. The four of coins contains the arms of Madrid city from that time, which include a gryphon and a bear at a strawberry tree (madroño) under a civic crown which was introduced in 1859 until 1873.
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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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