Wonderful set of cards made by Carta Mundi c.1980 for “Sigma Coatings,” a maker of protective and marine coatings, featuring the delightful original designs of Jan Sanders.
Sanders work for Sigma Coatings is described at the Lambiek website:
“Jan Sanders was born in Kwadijk, The Netherlands in 1919. During World War II he graduated in drawing, and became a teacher and freelance illustrator. He gained national acclaim for the calendars he made for Sigma Coatings, a painting factory. The pictures he drew for these calendars stand out for their cartoonesk quality and great humorous detail, usually dealing with sailors, and always featuring a paintbucket somewhere in the background. They were collected in several albums, the first appearing in 1978. Some titles are ''t Kan Verkeren' (1978), 'Loos Alarm' (1980), 'Lik op Stuk' (1982), 'Rukwinden' (1983), 'Jan Sanders' Schetsboek' (1984), 'Satrirische Spelen' (1984), 'Tussen Wal en Schip' (1985) and 'Een Eerbaar Zeemansleven' (1989). Jan Sanders died on 21 December 2000, at the age of 81. Even though he wasn't a comic artist pur sang, he had a great influence on many, such as Eric Schreurs and Peter van Straaten.”
The court cards, Aces and Jokers of this deck are undoubtedly from that calendar work. The Aces show ships, while the court cards and Jokers show sailors and other marine-themed figures.
The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 2 Jokers, plus 1 blank card. The cards are slightly small, measuring 87mm x 56mm, and come in the original box.
The cards are in excellent condition, “as new” or nearly so. The box is very good, perhaps even excellent, condition, very clean but with shelf wear at the corners and a crease down one side.
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