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  • Description

    Tarot pack: complete pack of 78 playing-cards with suit-marks of swords, clubs, coins and cups. The designs of the atouts are the same as those of 1861,0518.5, a Flemish pack that Willshire mistakenly labels as French. No. II of the atouts represents 'L'Espagnol, Capitano Eracasse', instead of the typical 'La Papesse'. No. 5 has on it 'Bacus' instead of 'Le Pape', and 'Le Pendu' (No. XII) must be reversed in order that the figure hangs head down in the usual way. No. XVI is here 'La Foudre', a tree struck by lightning, instead of a tower or house, 'La Maison Dieu', and 'Le Fol' is numbered XXII.

    Hand-coloured woodcut
    Backs printed in black with pattern of hexagons enclosing suns
    18th Century


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 118 millimetres
    • Width: 70 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Printed on the ace of coins is "Cartes de Suisses Fabriquées Par F. I. Vandenborre Cartier A Bruxelles". On the 2 of coins is "F. I Vandenborre", and on the 2 of cups is "Pour conoistre que la Plus basse de Deniez et De Coupes enporte les Plus hautes quand au Fait du Jeu".
  • Bibliography

    • Willshire 1876 Flemish 103 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Playing-cards Willshire Fl.103)

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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