JANET, Ange LouisJeu des costumes Parisiens (or: „Jeu des Modes“). Paris, Pierrat, n.d. (c. 1850).

32/32 playing cards. 86 x 54 mm; Hand-coloured etching.

This is one of several different costume decks drawn by Ange Louis Janet (1815-1872). Such costume playing cards were very popular in the midst of the 19th century in France. The various gentlemen on the court cards all hold top hats in their hands, whilst the women wear the typical Biedermeier dresses of the upper class. The backsides of a few cards are rubbed – otherwise in good condition.