Very rare set of Russian playing cards depicting various professions

SADOVNIKOV, Vasily SemyonovichLes petits metiers. 21 (of 24) handcolored lithographic cards. Russia, 1860.

Very rare set of Russian professions – by the russian painter Vasily Semyonovich Sadovnikov, a leading russian master of perspective painting in the 19th century. — The cards have russian and french descriptions, and are showing Marchand de pain d’epice de Wiasemsk; Md. de gravures de Moscou; Md. de gateaux chauds; Md. de boisson au miel & aux framboises; Md. de poissons; Md. de bottes et de pantoufles de Kasan; Tonnelier; Md. de robes de chambre tartare; Md. de tisane chaude; Md. de legumes; Boucher; Md. de gelee aux pois; Laitiere; Md. de fleurs; Md. de pains chauds; Md. d’oiseaux; Md. de craquelins de Moscou; Md. de melons; Vitrier; Md. d’oignon; Md. de volaille. The cards 2, 3 and 19 are lacking. – the back sides of the cards are some rubbed – otherwise in very good condition. — Very rare!

Sehr seltenes russisches Spielkarten-Set mit Berufsdarstellungen russischer Typen. Sadovnikov war einer der führenden russischen Landschaftsmaler des 19. Jahrhunderts.