Friday, December 21, 2012

Playing Cards by Jean Picart le Doux

We're staying with yesterday's mid-century design theme as, by chance, I have just acquired these brilliant playing cards from the Thomas de la Rue printing company in 1957 to mark the 125th anniversary of the company and the First International Playing Card Week. The company was one of the biggest and first publishers/printers of playing cards and these designs were chosen through competition. The designs are by the French tapestry designer Jean Picart le Doux: not a household name in this country but a Google image search of his name reveals an astonishingly rich colour palette and very striking designs in tapestry. If this page is anything to go by, in the world of playing card collecting, this set is very highly thought of.

1 comment:

eArnie Painter said...

Those are exquisite.

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