vendredi 4 décembre 2015

What will the future hold............

Many many years ago when I had just started my truffling through France I was told by a fortune teller that if I ever found any old tarot cards she would be interested in them. But she was very adamant that I could only buy them if I had no idea who had been the previous owner. This was something she repeated to me at least 3 times before I left. There was to be no indication whatsoever of the cards previous user.

I am not particularly superstitious but It is something that has always stayed in my mind. 

 Truffling by torchlight at the Paris flea market  I saw this wonderful set on a house clearers stand that was piled high with brocante so I figured it would be safe!!!

They are timeworn and simply beautiful, each card is so detailed and the scenes are charming. I have yet to do some research to find their date.

At the moment I am reading a period novel set in Venice ( no surprise there with my Venice addiction!). The main character sits in her silk brocade bedecked room by the Grand Canal for hours and hours turning the tarot cards to read her future.

And just looks at these cards ....each one is marked where a thumb would have dealt them time and time again. 

I know I am not supposed to know who they belonged to but I can still imagine!!!

Bon weekend mes belles


9 commentaires:

  1. oh they have knocked me out Shirley, I have never seen such a personable and pretty set of tarot, I use a Rider Waite deck, but I am totally enchanted by these...swooning as usual xxxxx
    Hugs Lynn x

  2. ps will you let me /us know if you find out anymore about them please xxx

  3. As the illustrations suggest, they have to date from later than 1773, as that is when Tarot first really became associated with fortune telling and "Esoteric Wisdom". This deck is clearly meant for fortune telling as even the minor arcane have ascribed meanings on them, which is unusual (to me at any rate). Before that date Tarot decks were really just playing cards with the extra 21 character cards, but that isn't so unusual in old decks of cards, the King, Queen, Joker, etc... in modern playing cards are a leftover from those early decks.
    It looks as though this deck was created especially for young women as they are really romanticised and seem to be quite "love" oriented. I wrote my degree thesis on the art and symbolism of playing cards and so I have to say I'd love to know more about them too!

  4. OK, quick bit of research (as I had a sneaky feeling they were not Tarot cards) and turned up that they are Lenormand Cards, which makes sense being French and the period they are from. Are there just 36 for instance?Lenormande cards were designed especially for fortune telling and have specific "event" meanings, unlike tarot which are more symbolic and psychological, plus always a much larger deck. You can find lots about Lenormande through Google: and I have found pictures of what look like that same deck on pinterest:

  5. hello Yve your a sweetheart thank you xxxx

  6. The following site gives more information for all you aficionados:

  7. not tarot, lenormand or a similar fortune deck...