Sotheby's (London)

A complete pack of 52 medieval illuminated playing cards (offprint from the catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's London, 6 December 1983)

London, Sotheby's, 1983
(24.5 cm), [8] pp., folding plate (printed recto only), colour illustrations. 1 lot. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Offprint for lot 70 in Sotheby’s sale of Western Illuminated Manuscripts, 6 December 1983, offering “the oldest known complete set of hand-painted playing cards” created in South Flanders (possibly Lille) c. 1470-1485. The deck was sold for £90,000 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Cloisters Collection, Accession Number: 1983.515.1-.52). ¶ Unmarked copy.
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