c1838 Jeu Romantique de Nanteuil

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c.1838 Jeu Romantique de Nanteuil French Playing Cards 

Incomplete 30/32 cards
(lacking 7 of Hearts & King of Spades)


Published by Mantoux Paris, France c.1838
Designed by Célestin Nanteuil (1813-1873)

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Deck: Jeu Romantique de Nanteuil




The Jeu Romantique was first published in 1838 by Mantoux. The designs were inspired by the illustrations of Célestine Nanteuil (1813-1873). Delicate and finely hand-painted, this deck is an extraordinarily scarce and exquisite example of cardmaking artistry. 


Deck Identifiers:

 · Style: Jeu Romantique

 · Titles: French

 · Pips & Indices: picturesque, no indices

 · Borders: two thin black-lines

 · Reverses: plain white

 · Paper: delicate paste-board cardstock, painted stencil


Good condition antique; incomplete 30/32 cards, (lacking 7 of hearts & king of spades) a few corner damages, worn edges on a few cards; minor amounts of water stains, surface scuffing, and soiling; small notations and writing on the reverses (see photographs).

Card Dimensions:  5.5 cm X 8.2 cm