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Re: France

Unread postby DragonSoul » Sat May 16, 2015 8:52 pm  

I don't have a scanner so these are sloppy pictures but, I just acquired a Grimaud deck that I love. It's Great Explorers, 1980?, artwork by Jean Delpech. I wish I could remember more from my college French class so that I could read the information cards!
I do wonder if the plastic is not the original box?
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Re: France

Unread postby dazzleguts » Sat May 23, 2015 11:59 pm  

Pretty good for not having a scanner. Thanks for showing these DragonSoul.

Jean Delpech made another deck called "Chasseur des Mines Tripartite" that is very similar and much more rare. Joop and Miriam talk about both decks on their DXPO site and had this info:

"The Grand Navigateurs deck was printed and published by Grimaud in 1976. The deck was published to honor Eric Tabarly, who in that year had won the OSTAR (Observer Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race) solo sailing race for his second time. His portrait is on the backs."

http://www.dxpo-playingcards.com/xpo/deck-month/pages/deck-14-12b.htm"
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Re: France

Unread postby volantangel » Sun May 24, 2015 2:02 am  

That's a lovely deck ! Very very nice, nice score !
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Re: France

Unread postby dazzleguts » Thu Jun 11, 2015 5:49 pm  

Fancy Miniature French Pattern c.1820
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This deck is an antique miniature version of the French national pattern, which is also known as 'Portrait Officiel', or as the Paris (Parisian) pattern as mentioned by Jock1971 early in this thread. Each court is a portrait of a famous historical figure whose name is printed to one side of the card.

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The cards vary slightly in size and shape but average about 38 mm x 28 mm.

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They have plain green backs and there is no joker since jokers did not yet exist. There is at least one alternate colour of back since the Fournier Museum has the same deck but with a plain pink back. You can see 4 cards from their deck in Volume 1 of the Fournier Museum Catalogue, page 143, # 168 of France, or see the back and 8 cards on page 31 of the Online Fournier Catalogue.

You can go to the Online Fournier from the link in the "Resources" section of the Worldwide Time Machine. I would place a direct link here but it's a difficult site to access and you need to follow the directions that go with the link.


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The box the deck is in looks to be the outer sleeve of a 2 part slide box, with it's crescent shaped finger grips cut out of the end. The back of the box has a card glued to it. The paper covering the box shows a delicate embossed pattern of flowers and birds.


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Re: France

Unread postby Jock1971 » Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:04 pm  

Very Nice :D
Are the courts hand painted ? the faces look flushed .
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Re: France

Unread postby dazzleguts » Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:50 am  

Hi Jase :)
Good eye. It's almost like you've seen this deck in person ;)

It does look hand touched, and that's part of it's beauty.
The online Fournier Catalogue says lithography, but 1820 is too early for colour lithography. I think the black lines were printed by litho and then colour was applied by hand. The expensive gold is very carefully applied, while the colours often go over the lines with what looks like brush strokes. The Fournier deck is definitely coloured differently from this one, with fewer colours and no blush to the faces. Each deck made must have been a unique finished piece. Even the litho stone would have printed with variation.

Here's a comparison of the 2 Jacks of Diamonds. The Fournier is on the left:
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Thanks for the question. I should have talked about this in the posting.
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Re: France

Unread postby Jock1971 » Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:09 pm  

Reproduction of the Imperial deck made by Le Bourgeois, Paris in the year 1860. the original was engraved and coloured by hand and the King of Diamonds bears the name of the engraver ,Migeon.
This deck was produced in 2004 from an original deck found in the Fournier Card Museum (No.249 of page 149 of the fournier catalogue).
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Re: France

Unread postby Jock1971 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:11 am  

A B.P Grimaud deck titled "Vitraux Moyen Age", Dated 1985 with illustrations by Moncar. All the number cards are standard,only the courts and back have the stained glass look.
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Re: France

Unread postby Jock1971 » Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:40 am  

A reproduction of the "Coat of Arms Game" produced by the Marquis of Brianville in 1686, this pack was printed by Editiones del Prado in 2004 it was produced by the Fournier playing card museum from a original pack in their collection.
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In the 17th century France produced a large number of non-standard playing cards which were adopted in other countries, including one of the most famous series of educational cards of all time. The idea to produce these cards is said to have come from Cardinal Mazarin, French Minister of State, under whose charge was the young Louis XIV. Mazarin had been worried about the young King`s lack of interest in academic studies, so he asked Jean Desmartes to prepare a series of games which had some educational qualities.
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Desmartes produces a series of Four decks, the first issued was "le jeu des fables ou de la metamorphose" these were intended to instruct the King in ancient mythology and fable, the second pack was titled "le jeu des rois des France" or "le jeu de l`histoire de France" and shows various Kings from Pharamond to Louis XIV. the third pack "le jeu des reynes renommees" depicts famous female figures from Dido to Queen Elizabeth, and the last pack was "le jeu de la geographie" showing national costumes from different parts of the world.
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This series of cards started a avalanche of new playing card designs, with the card`s face being employed to instruct in many useful areas of everyday life. In 1658 the first pack of playing cards devoted to heraldry was produced by Claude Oronce Fine, M de Brianville of Lyons. The designs met with a warm reception, and was produced in many editions in such places as France, Italy, Holland, England, Scotland, Germany and Spain. The format of the cards is similar to the Desmarests cards, with a drawing and instructive text, and a suit mark in the upper left-hand corner.
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Re: France

Unread postby Jock1971 » Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:11 pm  

A reproduction of "Carte a Rire" or "Conosciuto come Gioco dei Giornali" from Il Meneghello dated 1997.
Originally produced by Grandebes of 91 Rue de Richelieu, Paris,France in 1819, The illustrations are attributed to Louis Atthalin. There were two versions of this deck produced (Press and Theatre) both had exactly the same pip cards with only the courts being different.
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Re: France

Unread postby Jock1971 » Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:19 pm  

The rest of the "Carte a Rire" deck.
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Re: France

Unread postby Jock1971 » Sat Sep 17, 2016 3:29 am  

PORCHER, Published by J. C. DUSSERRE in 1976
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Illustrated by Jean Blanc who was inspired by engravings of the 18th century in the National Library France ,concerning the Guild of Plumbers.The figures are coloured Black ,White and Gold and wear costumes of the period and each bear symbols relating to plumbing. Published by Dusserre and printed by Heron, Bordeaux.
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Re: France

Unread postby Jock1971 » Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:00 am  

ZODIAQUE by Grimauld dated 1980
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Designed by the Artist Youdi des Aubrys who was born in Indonesia ,was educated in Amsterdam and was living in France since 1972. The Aces depict the four Elements and the courts depict the twelve signs of the zodiac.
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Re: France

Unread postby dazzleguts » Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:20 am  

Really like the drawings in this deck Jase, nice find!
Also enjoyed the odd subject of the previous deck - plumbing in the 18th century :shock: .
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Re: France

Unread postby Jock1971 » Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:31 am  

dazzleguts wrote:Really like the drawings in this deck Jase, nice find!

Glad you like them :D :D

dazzleguts wrote:Also enjoyed the odd subject of the previous deck - plumbing in the 18th century


Jean Blanc designed another deck in the same style and was produced in 1976 by Dusserre titled "L`Oreal Coiffure"
All about Hairdressing :lol: :lol: very cool, i have not seen one of these but its on my list of decks to get ;)

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Re: France

Unread postby shermjack » Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:37 pm  

As always, great postings of beautiful decks, Jase! :drool: The Zodiaque is definitely one to put on the list to get! :ugdance:
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Re: France

Unread postby Jock1971 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:50 pm  

Ciel De France, Produced by Miro Company of Paris from 1948 until the late 1980`s
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The Ciel De France or "Sky Of France" deck was designed by Jaques Branger. The cards were printed by Draeger Freres of Paris for the Miro Company from 1948 onwards. Numerous editions were printed with different backs, 2 or 4 Indices, and either French or English Indices, This pack has gilded corners, 1 joker and 1 extra card.
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The scans of this beautiful deck do not do them justice. The blue, red and gold ink on the court cards seem rather dull and lifeless, where in hand the colours are Rich and vibrant, making these a truly scrumptious set of courts.
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