MEMOIRES DE CASANOVA. RISQUE VINTAGE PLAYING CARDS BY PHILIBERT CARTIER A PARIS 1960 - P EMILE BECAT ARTWORK
Mémoires de Casanova is a pack of playing cards produced from 1954 - 1960 by Editions Philibert of Paris. They use, in miniature the artistic and lightly risqué paintings by Paul-Émile Bécat.
There are 55 cards in all 52 plus two jokers and the Introduction card, as depicted in the middle of the first image, which states the title, and subtext, "Les Jeux de l'Amour et du Hasard" as well as maker. It is contained in the original perspex card box which has sustained the normal expected wear.
The illustrations are from Paul-Émile Bécat (1885–1960), a French painter, printmaker and engraver who is best known for his portraits of French writers, and for his erotic works. Becat began specializing in erotic art quite late in his career, during the 1930s. Before then his focus was mostly on portraits and not-so-erotic literature. The number cards display women alone, while the courts and Aces display men and women. The images in the court cards are reversible so every royal card has two interpretations depending on which way up you hold them that seamlessly flow into one another.
N.B: All card are unmarked, uncreased and in good, original condition EXCEPT the 5 Clubs. Although it isa very light horizontal crease to the upper eighth part of the card and the card remains rigid, it is integral to the condition of the set and is why I have taken a close-up shot. The pricing reflects this very minor flaw.