Philibert "Can Can" Playing Cards, Arietti Designs, c.1956

Celebrated "Can Can" deck, published by Philibert, with designs by Monique Arietti, French artist and designer, and signed by Pierre Albarran, the prominent French bridge player. I have always understood that the decks published by Philibert were actually printed by Draeger Freres. However, Fournier reports that this deck was printed by Philibert. The Arietti designs feature beautiful dancers, rich patrons, and dignified servers, evoking the Moulin Rouge of the 19th century.

The deck has 52 cards, plus 4 additional Aces, plus 2 Jokers, plus 2 insert cards -- 60 cards in all. The additional set of Aces is quite risqué, and it is interesting to note that the deck Fournier describes does not appear to include this second set. The deck was a limited edition -- 12,000 decks in all – but this deck does not have a title card. The cards are extra wide, measuring 91mm x 66mm, and are gold gilt all around. There is no box.

The cards are in mint condition. FWIW, this deck is my favorite of the Philibert decks – fun and charming in ways that the "Le Florentin" and Casanova decks are not.

There is also a set of these cards without gold gilt for sale in this shop (T0000719)

Reference: Fournier, Playing Cards, France 410

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Item ID: T0000322

$175 USD

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