Rotxotxo Workshop Inventories

Seventeenth Century Spanish Playing Cards by Pere Rotxotxo, Barcelona

What did a 17th Century Playing Card Factory look like?

Inventory of Jeronimo Rotxotxo Garrigues’ workshop, Barcelona, 1660-1676:

Presses with their screws and iron bars. Jars for ink. Pots, saucers, etc. Brushes. Stones for grinding colours and burnishing/polishing. Shears/hairdresser's scissors. Oven or card-dryer. Blocks for 'Toledan' cards. Batches of new stencils and (trade-) marks, large and small. Press for glueing playing-cards. Wooden trellis or lattice-work. Wooden 'tonador para tonar el naipe'. Wooden burnisher, with stones and attachments. Large and small scissors. Brushes and small sauce-pans. Three knife-points (or bradawls) for cleaning cards. Four pieces for block-repairing. Glass bottles and receptacles for colours. Ink-jars. Stone for grinding the colours.

Left: we can see playing cards being pressed, polished and cut. Various utensils are lying on the floor, including a stencil, a pan and the trimmings from the edges of the cards.

Inventory of Pedro Pablo Rotxotxo Puigdoura's workshop, 1761-97:

In the Shop: Wood and fabric screen, with a wire trellis, bearing the playing-card maker's sign. Behind the Shop/Dining Room: 7 tables, one round and one covered in green felt/rug. Shelves. A cake of soap (Jabon de losa). A lot of playing-card maker's paper. A quantity of trade-marks and seven blocks for same. A sauce-pan containing blue-colour. A press with corresponding windlass and other accessories for printing playing-cards. Sieve or strainer for the glue. A brush. A copper bowl for heating the glue and a barrel for collecting cuttings. Patio: Board for dampening the paper. Five white musk-rose wood blocks, of planed wood. Workroom: Wooden boards. Colour jars. Boards for colouring playing cards. Brushes. Brushes and hanging-lines. Table for the soap/polishing operation.

a selection of cardmaker's tools
Last Updated December 09, 2017 at 05:46pm


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