Philibert "Can Can" Playing Cards, Arietti Designs, c.1956Philibert "Can Can" Playing Cards, Arietti Designs, c.1956Philibert "Can Can" Playing Cards, Arietti Designs, c.1956Philibert "Can Can" Playing Cards, Arietti Designs, c.1956Philibert "Can Can" Playing Cards, Arietti Designs, c.1956Philibert "Can Can" Playing Cards, Arietti Designs, c.1956

Celebrated "Can Can" deck, published by Philibert, with designs by Monique Arietti, French artist and designer, and signed by Pierre Albarran, the prominent French bridge player. I have always understood that the decks published by Philibert were actually printed by Draeger Freres. However, Fournier reports that this deck was printed by Philibert. The Arietti designs feature beautiful dancers, rich patrons, and dignified servers, evoking the Moulin Rouge of the 19th century.

The deck has 52 cards, plus 4 additional Aces, plus 2 Jokers, plus 1 insert card -- 59 cards in all. The additional set of Aces is quite risqué, and it is interesting to note that the deck Fournier describes does not appear to include this second set. The cards are extra wide, measuring 91mm x 66mm. There is no box.

The cards of this deck do not have gold gilt edges. I do not know if this means it is a subsequent edition of the cards, or if the original limited edition -- 12,000 decks -- included sets of the cards without the gilt. There is also a deck of these with gold gilt for sale in this shop (T0000322). That deck has 2 insert cards -- 60 cards total.

The cards are in mint condition. FWIW, this deck is my favorite of the Philibert decks – fun and charming in ways that the "Le Florentin" and Casanova decks are not.

Reference: Fournier, Playing Cards, France 410

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Philibert "Can Can" Playing Cards, Arietti Designs, c.1956

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