The French Tarot - Tarocchi Francesi - the Anonymous Tarot of Paris
1st Ed: December 2020, Published by the Museo dei Tarocchi
78 cards + Title Card, Printed on Textured, Matte Art Stock
Card Size: 3.3 x 5.9 Inches - 8.5 x 15 Cm.
Card Back Design: Reversible, Shown Below
Soft Cover Book: 128 pages, (in Italian/English)
Special Limited Edition of Only 200 Sets
Signed & Numbered by Morena Poltronieri, Director of Museo dei Tarocchi
Book & Deck Set Come in a Velvet Drawstring Pouch, in an Attractive Book-Style Box
Museo dei Tarocchi: At a Special Price of €. 90 Euro + P&H
Alert! Nearly O.O.P. But 2nd Edition with Simpler Packaging is in the Works
Video Walkthrough of the French Tarot
Informative Review by the Historian of 'Tarot Heritage', Sherryl E. Smith
Delighted to share this gorgeous reproduction of the French Tarot, aka: the
Anonymous Tarot of Paris, presented by our Italian friends Morena Poltronieri and Ernesto Fazioli of Museo dei Tarocchi. The deck was lovingly restored with an eye
on refining the details in the ancient imagery of this unusual set of cards.
It comes in an attractive, sturdy, book-style box with side ribbon closures. The cards are printed on softly textured, matte cardstock and tucked in a cozy velvet bag, which rests on the accompanying 128 page book, that is full of fascinating tidbits on the symbology found in the cards and other details related to research on the original 17th century production, as well as references to historical significances found in the cards, such in the suit of Coins, which depicts 55 noble coats of arms.
The 4 suits are briefly described and their associations (both positive and negative) are listed in a general manner, but the majority of attention in this book is devoted to the 22 Major Arcana. The imagery in each Trump card is explained. While flipping to the Italian section, you can quickly reference each Major Arcana image in B&W. Generalized positive and negative key words are also shared for the Trump cards.
The style and oftentimes the imagery is quite unique when compared with other popular Tarot de Marseille type decks of the era. This much sought after historical deck, commonly known as the Anonymous Tarot of Paris is a rare, fully intact seventy-eight card deck from the 17th century, housed at the Bibliotheque National de France. It was created in Paris, (most likely for a prominent French family), as indicated on the Two and Three of Cups cards where a space is left with the wording: 'FAICT a PARIS PAR' (Produced in Paris by______). Unfortunately the name of the creator was somehow erased. The printer does not appear on the cards as was originally intended, given the blank space left to insert name and trademark (at a later date). As mentioned in the accompanying book:
Despite the anonymity of the creator, these cards have withstood the ravages of time and the deck has been preserved in its entirety. This deck is actually one of the few fully intact historic 'documents' relating to Tarot and is most likely the oldest complete deck in France.
DETAIL WORK ON THE TAROT OF PARIS CARDS
Morena Poltronieri and Ernesto Fazioli devoted two years researching and restoring this precious historical deck, reviving its earthy tones, the charming facial expressions, costumes and vibrant colors. The seventy-eight cards, were originally made from woodcuts and printed with a stenciling technique which was unfortunately rather crudely applied, leaving some of the images looking rather 'muddy' and lacking their intended details. But they have now been re-colored and enhanced by the Museo team while following the original sources. From this laborious effort, emerged some unexpected characteristic features which made this work both gratifying and quite unique in the production of this special Tarot deck. Poltronieri and Fazioli worked on the images digitally through various color definition phases. Smudges caused by time and wear were gently eradicated while the natural coloring and definitions were enhanced. It was important for the team not to interfere with the style and overall ambience of these lovely cards, but to preserve the original uniqueness and charm. How fortunate are we to have this full deck passed down from history to study and enjoy, especially since it has now been so beautifully restored in this splendid production that is limited to only 200 special edition sets.
French Tarot - Anonymous Tarot of Paris
18 Card Examples Shown Below:
1st Row: 1-Magician, II-High Priestess, III-Empress,
2nd Row: IV-Emperor, VIII-Justice, XI-Strength,
3rd Row: XVII-Star, XVIII-Moon, XIX-Sun
4th Row: Knight of Wands, 2 of Cups, Queen of Cups
5th Row: Ace of Swords, King of Swords, 2 of Coins
6th Row: 4 of Coins, King of Coins, Card Backs