Excellent double deck of beautiful cards by Grimaud, titled in French "Michel-Ange," printed in 1975, the 500th anniversary of the year of Michelangelo's birth. The insert card in each deck states that the deck was conceived/designed ("realiser") by "le maitre-cartier J.-M. Simon," and I believe that the back of the cards is a Simon design. If it is from a Michelangelo work, I do not recognize it.
The 12 court cards are taken from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, each a different detail from that stupendous work. The 4 Aces (i.e., 1s) are famous sculptures by Michelangelo, including the Pieta (Ace/1 of Hearts). The 2 "Jokers" are a famous painting by Michelangelo, "Doni Tondo" ("Doni Madonna") that is currently housed in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The box portrays that portion of the Sistine Chapel generally known in English as "The Creation of Man." Each deck is a full 52-card deck, plus the two "Jokers" and the insert card noted. The insert card describes the deck (in French). The cards are large, measuring 97mm x 63mm, and are in the original box.
The cards are in excellent "as new" condition. The box is in excellent condition, except that there is a slight split developing along an edge at the top of box (separately pictured).
There is also a mint, sealed single deck of these cards for sale in this shop. (T00002579).
Reference: Fournier, Playing Cards, France 509
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