Grimaud "Michel-Ange" (Michelangelo) Playing Cards, c.1981Grimaud "Michel-Ange" (Michelangelo) Playing Cards, c.1981Grimaud "Michel-Ange" (Michelangelo) Playing Cards, c.1981

Mint, sealed deck (cards, not box) of beautiful cards by Grimaud, titled in French "Michel-Ange." It was first printed in 1975, the 500th anniversary of the year of Michelangelo's birth, but this deck is from 1981. 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 backs of the cards show a Simon design. The faces of these cards can be seen at the World Web Playing Card Museum.

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.

As noted, the cards are mint and sealed. The box is excellent condition, very nearly "as new."

There is also a double deck of these cards for sale in this shop (T00001676), and the faces of the cards with Michelangelo's art work can be seen at that listing.

Reference: Fournier, Playing Cards, France 509

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Grimaud "Michel-Ange" (Michelangelo) Playing Cards, c.1981

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