Woodcut block of three tarot cards.



Woodcut block of three tarot cards.




ca. 1700.


This woodcut block of three tarot cards was produced in a style reminiscent of the Tarot de Marseille, an early modern deck popular in France. The block was possibly part of a much larger block, depicting many more cards. At some point after the large block was no longer used for printing, it was repurposed as a cabinet door—traces of where the hinges were mounted are evident on one of the long edges of the block. The door was eventually removed from the cabinet and sawn into our strips, one of which appeared in a flea market in the 1990s.


From the collection of Rare Book School