Lyons Swiss Export playing cards “Fribourg”

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Lyons export pattern with preliminary colouring. Cards of this time period often featured a vivid purple.

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Finished Lyons Export playing cards. These cards are based, with influences of other specimens, on a pack known to have been in 20141013_114446-1[1]Sylvia Mann’s collection, and is dated pre-1600. They were produced in or near Lyons for export, primarily to Fribourg, now Switzerland.

The Jacks in this particular pack are a macho lot!
When this pattern was produced, colors included yellow and red (most cards do), as well as black, pale blue-grey, and vivid purple. Although I am researching possible recipes for the pigments, I will likely er on the side of presentation and go with what looks most consistent.

20141016_153536-1[1]As the oldest specimens of this pattern that I could find are finished and painted (as opposed to an unfinished sheet found in a book binding), I had to do some guessing as to what lies under the thicker, darker stencil paints.

There are three packs in queue for coloring, as I felt it may be a more efficient process, even though they will not have all the same colours. I feel as if I  have made my very own colouring book.
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The finished pack is printed on smooth bristol. It’s a consistent material, readily available, and soaks up the colors. It’s a different price point than card stock, but I’m much happier with the results.

 

 

 

The originals can be found here
http://kenlodge.blogspot.com/2012/07/11-some-cards-from-sylvia-manns.html

Similar early xvi century cards from Rouen here
http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=3301145&partId=1&searchText=playing+cards&page=3

http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b10536002x.r=carte%20a%20jouer

http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b105360001.r=carte%20a%20jouer

http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b10535997z.r=carte%20a%20jouer

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