Extremely beautiful facsimile deck made by Solleone and Vito Arienti in 1977, titled “Jeu Grotesque,” based upon a set of cards made in France c.1800. This Solleone facsimile set was made in a limited edition of 999 decks, of which this is no. 63. The court cards are double ended in the sense that each end has a different “grotesque” image at each end, joined top-of-the-head to top-of-the-head in the middle, while the pip cards show 2 side profiles of different images that are joined at the back.
It is a piquet deck, and complete at 32 suited cards. There is also a card introducing the deck. The cards are large, measuring 97mm x 63mm, on unfinished stock. They are “wrapped” around the middle, and come in the original box.
The cards, box, and wrapper are mint.
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