Wonderful deck made by Grimaud c.1978, titled “Stanislas: Duc de Lorraine et de Bar,” celebrating Stanislas Leszczynski, the deposed King of Poland whose daughter married Louis XV, and who was granted the provinces of Lorraine and Bar for life pursuant to the Peace of Vienna in 1738. The deck celebrates those prominent during Stanislas’ years in Lorraine, and features the original designs of M.C. Schira. The cards are accompanied by a paper insert in French authored by M. Pierre Gerard, describing the historical figures portrayed on the Aces, Jokers and court cards.
The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 2 Jokers, plus an extra card that announces the deck. As noted, the cards are accompanied by a descriptive paper insert. The cards are wide, measuring 88mm x 63mm, and come in the original box.
The cards are in excellent condition, “as new” or very nearly so. The box is in very good condition, structurally sound, but with shelf wear, including a noticeable abrasion near one corner on the back.
Reference: Fournier, Playing Cards, France 552.
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