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Le Triboulet “Scaramouche” Playing Cards (52/52, NJ), TAI Advertising, Henri Favre Designs, c.1959
Beautiful deck of the wonderful “Scaramouche” cards, made by Triboulet in 1959, featuring the designs of Henri Favre. Unfortunately, this deck is missing its Joker, and it has been priced accordingly. The cards have backs advertising TAI, which I believe stood in 1959 for Transports Aériens Intercontinentaux, a private French airline.
Wikipedia has this to say about “Scaramouche”:
“Scaramuccia, also known as Scaramouche or Scaramouch, is a roguish clown character of the Italian commedia dell'arte who wears a black mask and, sometimes, glasses. He entertains the audience by his "grimaces and affected language". Salvator Rosa says that Coviello (like Scaramouche) is 'sly, adroit, supple, and conceited'. In Molière's The Bourgeois Gentleman, Coviello disguises his master as a Turk and pretends to speak Turkish. Both Scaramouche and Coviello can be clever or stupid—as the actor sees fit to portray him.
“The name was that of a stock character in 17th-century Italian farce, Scaramuccia (literally ‘skirmish’), who, attired usually in a black Spanish dress, burlesquing a don, was beaten by Harlequin for his boasting and cowardice.
“Scaramouche is one of the iconic characters in the Punch and Judy puppet shows (a performative art with roots in commedia dell'arte). In some scenarios, he is the owner of The Dog, another stock character. During performances, Punch frequently strikes Scaramouche, causing his head to come off his shoulders. Because of this, the term scaramouche has become associated with a class of puppets with extendable necks.”
The deck has 52 suited cards, but is missing its Joker. The cards are bridge size, measuring 88mm x 58mm, with gold gilt at the corners, and come in the original box.
The cards are in excellent condition, lightly used if at all. The box is in no better than good condition, relatively clean, but missing one side tab, with the top tab held on with tape and with general wear.
Reference: Fournier, Playing Cards, France 420
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