The typology of Spanish/Italian playing cards is fascinating, with regional gaming traditions resulting in a wide variety of designs, even today. This old lithographed sheet, printed on heavy (but not plastic-laminated) card stock is what a deck of 40 playing cards looks like before it is cut into individual cards. The artwork is 19th century in origin, itself drawing on much older traditions stretching back to the 14th century. Spanish-suited playing cards or Spanish-suited cards have four suits and a deck is usually made up of 40 or 48 (or even 50) cards. It is categorized as a Latin-suited deck and has strong similarities with the Italian-suited deck and less to the French deck. Spanish-suited cards are used in Spain, southern Italy, parts of France, Hispanic America, North Africa, and the Philippines.The Italian swords and clubs are often interlaced, whereas the Spanish ones are separated. The interlacing comes from the traditional tarot suit arrangements, though not all Italian regional patterns have this feature.This one featured upside down suite in the french manners
size 20.5 x 16.5 , good condition , fresh color , no oxidation of paper . Suitable for framing .