Tarot Arnoux and Amphoux 1801, Marseilles
This Marseille deck is an icon of the French Revolution, as its stated date of creation is given in the French Revolutionary Calendar, namely 'Year Ten', marked 'X' on the Two of Coins card. In the modern calendar the year of issue was 1801, amidst the Napoleonic Wars. The date is given, together with the names of the Marseillaise card-masters, Arnoux and Amphoux, from whom the deck was issued. Marseille is one of France's major mediterranean ports with a vast hinterland into Provençal territory, which gives it a strong multicultural identity; these flavours are felt in the deck, in which the colouring is particularly rich, bright, and typically mediterranean.
The deck is a reproduction from a rare original in a private collection. it is researched and published by Yves Reynaud, with graphic design work contributed by Wilfried Houdouin.
France: Yves Reynaud, 2018. Limited to 1,500 hand-numbered decks. 78 cards plus two information cards showing limitation and deck number (one in English, one in French). Comes in presentation box, which has a small gold sticker showing deck number. Cards are rigid, cream coloured, and matte-laminated with square corners. New, unused.