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Early Tarot Decks

You will find in this section selected early Tarot decks.

Most of the decks presented on this site belong to the Camoin Collection and the Camoin Donation. The others were kindly lent to us.

Articles of this section and subsections

The Marseilles Tarots

The Suzanne Bernardin Tarot

A simplistic deck, much resembling Conver. As its name indicates, the Master Cartier was a woman, something original in a world where almost all the names appearing on decks of cards are the names of men.

The François Tourcaty Tarot

The deck of François Tourcaty is a very interesting deck. But the great majority of the Secret Codes that Philippe Camoin discovered in the Tarot are missing here. One still senses nevertheless the work of an enlightened master cartier as was Nicolas Conver.

The François Chosson Tarot

Tarot of François Chosson: Philippe Camoin revealed the name and the date of the oldest Tarot de Marseille deck known to have been made in Marseilles. It dates back to 1672….

The Nicolas Conver Tarot

Le Tarot de Marseille de Nicolas Conver est le plus célèbre et le plus respecté des jeux anciens de Tarot de Marseille. Il date de 1760. A cette époque, Nicolas Conver fonde la fabrique Conver qui devient plus tard la Maison Camoin par le mariage de Jean-Baptiste Camoin avec une des héritières de la Maison Conver.

Tarots said to be "Marseilles Tarots"

The Blanche Tarot

Tarot of J. Blanche (successor to Renault). Manufacturer of the Tarot de Jœrger (or Jerger) in Besançon.

The Kirshner Tarot

The Lequart Tarot signed Arnoult

Lequart Tarot signed Arnoult (1748) - Cartier of Paris - Tarot de Besançon. This is a Tarot de Besançon of which most of the cards are very close to the standard of the Tarots de Marseille.

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