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  • Description

    Incomplete tarot pack with 65 of 97 playing-cards for the game, Minchiate of Florence. This set includes 26 tarots proper and 39 numerals. The missing numeral cards are the ace, 2, 3, knave and king of clubs; the 2, 6, and 9 of swords; the ace, 5, 8, 9 and king of cups; and the 4, 9, knight and king of cups. The missing attuti are the I, III, IV, VII, XV, XVIIII, XXI, XXIIII, XXV, XXVIII, XXVIIII, XXXIII, XXXVII, XXXVIIII, and XXXX. The set includes the fool or 'Il Matto'. The backs of the cards are printed with the arms of Cosmo de Medici the Third. The shield is surmounted by a ducal crown, and has below the motto "Fortuna". A narrow border, typical of Italian cards, encloses the design of the faces of the cards.

    Hand-coloured woodcut
    Backs as above
    Circa 1675


  • Producer name

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  • Date

    • 1675 (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 100 millimetres
    • Width: 58 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    There is a duty stamp on the atout XXVII.

  • Bibliography

    • Willshire 1876 Italian 256 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Playing-cards Willshire I.256)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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