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Playing Card

Date:
ca. 1470–80
Culture:
South Netherlandish
Medium:
Pasteboard with pen and ink, tempera, applied gold and silver
Dimensions:
Each 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (12 x 7 cm)
Classification:
Miscellaneous-Paper
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.515.4
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Marking: Two watermarks appear in the paper of these cards. One is in the form of a fork-tailed Gothic letter "p" surmounted by a quatrefoil and appears at least in part, on the 2 of Nooses, the 2 of Dog Collars and the queen of Horns. The other is a shield with the letters "iado" surmounted by a crozier which appears, at least in part, on the 1,5,8 and 10 of Dog Collars, the 1,2 and knave of Nooses and the 8 of Horns. The first watermark closely resembles Briquet 8684 and 8686, used mostly in eastern France and Flanders between ca. 1464 and 1480. The second watermark is Briquet 1876, used in southern Flanders and the north Lowlands between ca. 1468 and 1479.

  • Provenance

    Hôtel Drouot , Paris (December 12, 1978, lot 50) ; Sotheby's, London (December 6, 1983, lot 70)

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