Lot 117
  • 117

Playing cards--Besançon tarot

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  • Colmar: Guillaume Mann, c. 1795
  • Paper
78 cards, each 120 x 68mm., woodcuts with stencilled colour, marbled orange versos, 11 mounted in a frame, the rest in a folder attached to the back of the frame


Ortiz-Patiño 141

Catalogue Note

Mann's set of tarot cards has been adapted to fit the revolutionary times: the crown has been removed from the queen on atout III, though the king on atout IV retains his. Mann had taken over the workshop of Blanck and Tschann in Colmar; a few of the cards have the monogram HB, and one has the legend "[--] M CARTIER ANNO 1752".