Set of 32 transformed playing cards

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Anonymous French playing card set, undated (circa 1850). 32 cards (complete). Etching and watercolor, pink back with tangled patterns. Size: 9.3 x 6.5 cm.

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The zoomorphic figures of diamonds and hearts are in the vein of Grandville, while the numerals show fairground and exotic scenes; the figures of spades and clubs are in the spirit of Daumier’s caricatures, while the numerals present humorous military scenes, among which mountaineers and female alchemists [?] have slipped in.

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Fine condition despite yellowed, slightly rubbed and stained printings, the set having been used.

Stain on back of Queen of Clubs, Queen of Spades; wear on back of Ace of Clubs, King of Spades, Jack and Eight of Hearts.

Rare complete set.

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2 800 €