Oriental Tarot 1845

Rinascimento Italian Style Art

$72.00 - $90.00
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78 cards in lidded (standard) or bookspine (deluxe) box
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Limited edition of 700 copies (each configuration)
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Claudio Foudraz, Giordano Berti
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Reproduction of a 19th century deck, lost to tarot historians until its rediscovery in 2010 by then-president of the Italian section of the International Playing Cards Society, Giuliano Cripps. Originally produced by Claudio Faudraz -- a lithographer from Turin, Italy -- the images were designed to imbue the traditional tarot style of the time with an Eastern flavor. This reprint, released by Rinascimento Italian Style Art, was created by scanning a set of original, black-and-white uncut sheets, then adding watercolors to the images "in a way consistent with the mid-nineteenth century style". The final deck was subsequently released in two formats, each in a limited edition of 700 hand-numbered copies, signed by curator Giordano Berti. Both editions are printed on vellum cardstock, and are enclosed in a gold fabric drawstring bag. The standard ("art") is housed in a lidded cardboard box covered in gray marble paper with silver inserts, while the deluxe edition is encased in an elegant, high-quality handcrafted book-shaped box with ribbon-tie closure. Both editions include a booklet in which "Berti describes the fashion of 'chinoiserie' that inspired the [deck] and reports the results of an unpublished research regarding the activity of this lithographer." NOTE: The accompanying guide booklet included with our stock copies is in English.