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Jean-Claude Flornoy is dead on may 24, 2011

His funeral will take place on saturday, may 28th in Sainte-Suzanne (Mayenne, France)

As he asked, a worthy and not too sad procession will start from the bateleur, in front of the castle

Jean-Claude Flornoy was a cartier-enlumineur and artisan d'art who has devoted 20 years to the study of tarot. In 1996 he undertook the restoration of the tarot of Nicolas Conver (Marseille, 1760), painting each arcane on giant canvases (220 cm by 110 cm). His aim was to faithfully bring this traditional imagery back to (larger than) life in all its original freshness. He then progressed to large-sized versions of other historic tarots derived from originals preserved in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris: Jean Noblet (Paris, c. 1650), Jean Dodal (Lyon, 1701) and a number of trumps from Jacques ViÈville (Paris, c. 1650).
It was in spending the necessary weeks on each outsized arcane that he was able to come to 'understand' the way the images are operative in themselves. He regularly transported these large canvases for exhibitions, and proposes conference-workshops in a variety of tarot-related contexts.

The next step was to publish, in traditional hand stencil-coloured versions, the 22 trumps of the tarots of Jean Noblet and of Jean Dodal. These were intended to correspond in every respect as closely as possible to what they resembled when new.

In a step away from artisan productions, but moving old tarots closer to a wider audience, an industrial, Complete Jean Noblet Tarot, was published in June 2007.
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Un authentique artisan d'art , un vrai Compagnon, une sacrée pointure du Tarot et plus spécialement du NOBLET(sans oublier le Conver, le Dodal et le Viéville) s'en est allé ...
La perte est grande mais son Oeuvre demeurera
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Aliases: Alain BOUGEAREL
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Thank you Huck.

Namadev's post translated by Google Translate:

A true craftsman, a true companion, a sacred Tarot size and especially the Noblet (not to mention the Conver, the Dodal and Viéville) is gone ...
The loss is great but his work remains
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See also:
Alain Bougearel
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Thanks for the translation.

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New movie 2011: Sherlock Holmes 2

Sherlock Holmes with Moriarty and a beautiful Tarot reader ...

The movie even notes the related chess board ... :-)

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A new document has appeared with 8 Trionfi decks imported to Rome from a trader (or producer ?) Giovanni da Pistoia. If I didn't miscount, it's the 10th oldest Trionfi document.
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3 new articles of Franco Pratesi

1453 Arrival of Triumphs in Rome
.... about a new document in the year 1453, referring to an import of 8 Triunfi decks to Rome (likely from Florence)

1840 Playing Card Production in Florence
... Playing card documents of Florence 1840.
Only 1% of all sold decks are Minchiate decks

Rosenwald's Fourth Sheet
.. a new interpretation of the Rosenwald Tarocchi (Kaplan I, p. 130/131)

It's suggested, that this had been an early Minchiate sheet
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An older article of Franco Pratesi about researches on Tarot sources


Some researches to the topic "Tarot de Paris", which according some specific details possibly should be dated 1559 instead of to "begin of 17th century" as usually. The relevant details are on the coins suit and are heraldic elements at all of the coins.
The two of coins might carry the heraldic of the inventors of the deck ...

.. which is "Gonzaga" (above) and "Strozzi" (below).
In the year 1559 two young Italian men were active in the French army, one of them Ludovico Gonzaga (20 years old) and Filippo Strozzi (18 years old).

Lodovico Gonzaga (with his later wife Henriette of Cleve)

Philippe Strozzi

Another heraldic at the 10 of coins has the personal shield of Henry II of France. He died in 1559 cause the wounds, which he got during a tournament. No other French king appears in the heraldic signs ... so it seems, that this dek shouldn't have been made after the death of Henry II.

Also present with her heraldic was the lover of Henry II, Diane de Poitiers, at the 9 of coins. As the Queen Catherine de Medici didn't love Diane de Poutiers very much, it seems rather unlikely, that the deck would have been made later than 1559 with her signs.

More to this theme ...


Happy Christmas
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An article of Franco Pratesi about a recent finding in an Sicilian journal:

Between a few other notes there is also the information, that in the year 1630 existed Tarocchi decks in Sicily.

Michael Dummett had always much attention on the Tarocco Siciliano, it was his favored object. From the earlier information it seemed to be given, that Tarocchi was invented to Sicily in the years 1662-63 by the current viceroy.


Inside the Sicilian article a woodcut block with 3x7 cards was shown at a rather small picture, which showed parts of a Tarocco Siciliano, given to 19th century.
Strange enough, the picture got some attention at 27th of December.

The deck proved to be rather similar to a deck in the WWPCM, there given as from 18th century.

Both decks have the signifying "Jupiter with Ganymed" motif as highest trump, which is altered in younger Tarocco Siciliano versions to a "Jupiter with lightning".

More interesting are some details of the Fool card:

The Fool card of the woodblock version with some photoshop improvement ...

.. shows a figure with a wind instrument and a drum. Additionally it has at its back something, which can't be identified with security from this picture alone.
The mentioned XVIII century WWPCM deck repeats the wind instrument, but the drum and the details at the back of the figure are nearly lost.

Later Tarocco Siciliano versions have decided, that the earlier drum should be a ball and the details at the backside are more or less gone:

However, a sheet found by the playing card researcher Peter Blaas in the Biblioteca Civica in Rovereto far away from Sicily in the North of Italy (considered to be older than 18th century) and reported by John Berry in the IPCS-journal XXI, p. 95 ff. (1993) has a Fool with wind instrument and drum and the insecure backside details are now clearly recognizable as wings.

From Sicily it is known, that there was a stronger Minchiate influence, which was known there - as also in Genova - with the name "Gallerini". This went so far, that usual Tarocco Sicilano decks were occasionally addressed as "piccolo Gallerini" (little Gallerini; Dummett&McLeod: A History of Games played with the Tarot Pack, volume I, p.327).
In Florentine Minchiate the card "Fama volat" was used as highest trump and as a plausible replacement of the usual "Angelo" found in Tarocchi versions. It had as attributes the usual Fama wind instruments and it had wings (interpreted as a sign, that fame travels far and quick) ...

... as the Fool in the Rovereto cards and the card is similar to the Fool in the XIX. century woodcut block version of the Tarocco Siciliano.

It seems plausible to assume, that the "winged Fool", which as iconographic type is otherwise not known between the older Tarocchi Fools, together with it's companion, the "Miseria" or "Poverta" or "Beggar" in Tarocco Siciliano, developed from the contrast Matto and Fame in Minchiate (also called "Germini" or "Gallerini").
The Rovereto sheet include some pip cards, between them are 8s and 9s of swords and batons. The Sicilian XIX century woodcut block also contains these cards. The iconography of both decks is again rather similar regarding these cards.

Some other cards of the Rovereto don't have these stronger similarities.


The Rovereto Fool had wings and this is a rather rare iconographic detail between the older Fool cards. In the ideas about the Rovereto deck it was not believed, that it was a production near to Rovereto of Northern Italy, but it was considered somehow "from Rome" cause some details resemble the Colonna cards.

For further comparison: Tarocco Siciliano and Minchate decks inside the WWPCM collected by Alexander Sukhorowsky

Tarocco Siciliano:
* - XVIII century, "Tuzzolino"
* - XIX century, Lorenzo di Lorenzo
* - XIX century, "La Fortuna"
* - 1930 - 1975, Concetta Campione
* - since c. 1966, Modiano
Compare also: - Article of Domenico Starna

* - reprint of "Carte de Etruria" c. 1725, by "Lo Scarabeo"
* - reprint of "Minchiate Fiorentino" c. 1790, actually La Leone from Bologna
* - reprint of a Minchiate deck designed 1820 and printed 1865 by "Il Meneghello"


So, in memory of Michael Dummett, who reached a lot of merits in the small world of Tarot history, a Happy New Year (which just has reached Cologne with its fire crackers).
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Franco Pratesi has recently published various articles at Some of them are really VERY IMPORTANT for persons interested in 15th century Tarot research. The related objects are nearly all of recent research, written in the last 2-3 months.

New Articles:
very important
... a 19th century playing card observation; one learns, that Minchiate were bought only very seldom
... very important: a new view on the Rowenwald sheet, which possibly had been a Minchiate deck (possibly th oldest)
... about an article in a Sicilian magazine, which contained some early playing card notes. The articles relates to an older report (see below)
... about a process in Florence
... very important: about a Florentine merchant, who brought Trionfi cards to Rome in 1453
... relates to the older Notturno text (see below), which used the Tarocchi in a theater play
... about research
... very important: a series of new Trionfi notes in Florence with a new "very early" Trionfi card producer
... about an older Palazzo fragment in Florence

Older Articles
1998 (from: The Playing-Card, XXXVII, No. 2, 64-68 and No. 3, 111-116)
Notturno’s Gioco di Triomphi,
1988 (from: The Playing-Card, XVII, No. 1, 23-33)
New Documents from Palermo
1992 (from: The Playing-Card, Vol. XXI, No. 1, 9-15.)
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