My Dog Is Spade, My Cat Is Fluffy
Six of Spades
What has 6 eyes but can't see?
- 3 Blind Mice
Artist: Boyd and Evans, who have/had works displayed in Great Britain
and in Switzerland
and in the United States
Artist: Adolfo Matarelli, Italy, 1855 through 1859
In a transformation deck, the artist transforms the suit signs (hearts, clubs, diamonds, spades) of each card into a picture. First appearing around 1800, transformation decks have been intriguing and challenging artists ever since.
Almanac is a gorgeous deck from Toscana, a 1996 reproduction of the pack by Cavallini & Company. Note the use of negative space for the pips.
Source: The Bob Lancaster Gallery of Unusual Playing Cards!, an unusual site, worth a visit...
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