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Nicolas Conver

Founder of the Camoin House

Master Cartier in 1760

Nicolas Conver engraved in 1760 the most famous and the most respected of the early decks of the Tarot de Marseille, le Tarot of Nicolas Conver. At this time, he founded the Conver factory which later became the Camoin House through the marriage of Jean-Baptiste Camoin with one of the heirs to the Conver House.

He was the engraver in the King’s Court, which informs us that he was the best of his time. Not only was he a "Master Cartier", he was also known as having a status superior to other masters. His official title was in fact "Master Cartier in Marseilles, engraver in the King’s Court".

Experts recognise that the cards engraved by Nicolas Conver on the templates of pear wood, used back then to print the Tarot de Marseille, reflect a sort of perfection. Still, wood engraving leads to duress and errors which are now avoided by computers. The numerological encodings form an almost perfect whole and, even though numerous alchemical symbols disappeared with the Conver deck, enough remained to reestablish the link with the other Tarots and reconstruct the puzzle.

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