Tarot Animalier Phi Pharasyn, Belge 78/78
Published by Phi Pharasyn, Grand Rue des Carmes, Ghent, c.1780
Deck: Belgian Animal Tarot/ Tarot Animalier Belge (IPCS Pattern Sheet 9)
Belgian Animal Tarot (Tarot Animalier), printed by Philippus-Jacobinus Pharasyn [c. 1780]. Pharasyn was a cardmaker located in Ghent between 1766-1786 (Tummers 1976).
The Belgian-style animal tarot was likely developed from the Bavarian animal style. According to the International Playing Card Society (IPCS), the composition of this deck style includes "78 cards... (with) 4 suits of 4 single-figure court cards and 10 pip cards, plus 21 single-figure trumps, with roman numerals in a panel, top and bottom, centred, and the Fool. Particularly distinctive court cards are the kings, all of whom have legs bare from the knee down except for thonged sandals." (IPSC, Pattern Sheet 9).
Measurements: 11.6 cm x 6 cm
· Style: Belgian Animal Tarot
· Borders: courts with black line border
· Reverses: blue on white background with an intricate diagonal design of diamonds.
· Paper: pasteboard cardstock, painted woodcut stencils
· Titles: no titles, no indices, roman numerals on 21 trump cards.
· Indicators: Valet of Hearts with "Cartes Taraux Fabrique Par Phi Pharasyn Deme Sur Le Donghenhof Proche La Grande Rue Des Carmes A Gand"".
· Cards: One way-vignettes, one-way pips
· Suits: French, hearts, clubs, spades, and diamonds.
CONDITION: The deck is complete, 78/78 cards, all of the cards in very good condition with only slight signs of use, and some cards with minor age discolouration & patina (see photographs).