“La Seine” was the name given to a group of Japanese artists that first presented their work in 1982 at La Porte Bleue in Paris. Apparently the group initially consisted of 5 artists, and over the next 20 years additional artists joined them. Each year the group would have an annual display of their work at that venue.
This beautiful deck was made by Grimaud in 2002 in a limited edition of 3500 decks on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of that first show, and features the brilliant designs of the “La Seine” artists on each card. There are 14 different artists. Each artist was responsible for designing the cards of the same value (i.e., 4 Aces by one artist, 4 Kings by one artist, etc.) – 13 artists for the suited cards, and a 14th artist for the Jokers. This does not mean that the designs are the same within the set, but only that the artist is the same. I do not believe these artists present as a group any longer, and “La Seine” does not imply any particular artistic style. However, several of the artists have gone on to achieve considerable individual success.
The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 2 Jokers, plus a card identifying the artists and the cards they designed. The cards are accompanied by a folded paper insert with information about the cards and the “La Seine” group. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 58mm, and come in the original box.
The cards and paper insert are “as new,” and the box is in excellent condition with minor shelf wear.
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