Excellent uncut sheet of the “Bolognese” Italian regional pattern, made by Viassone of Sicily. Much like the Pignalosa company, Viassone was driven out of business by advances in card making techniques in the 1950s that were early embraced and mastered by Dal Negro and Modiano. (See listing this shop, T00004061). Decks by Viassone are rare, as are uncut sheets of the kind here for sale.
The sheet has all 40 Italian-suited cards of the Bolognese pattern – Ace through 7, and the 3 male court cards – plus 2 extra cards that fill out the sheet. [One of them has the numbers 1 through 10, inclusive; the other has a bright color image of the 5 of swords]. The company’s name is on the Ace of Coins and again on the 4 of Coins. The sheet measures approximately 27½” x 16”. The cards are uncoated.
The sheet is in excellent condition, without issues.
Also listed today is an uncut sheet by Pignalosa (T00004061), not as rare as this Viassone uncut sheet, and an uncut sheet of a portion of a Viassone Tarocco Bolognese set (T00004063).
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