Exhibition | The World In Play

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The King of Falcons
Stuttgart playing cards

The World In Play 1430 – 1540 is an exhibition of playing cards at The Met in New York, ending 17 April 2016.

Sadly, my pockets are empty *shows the threadbare linings* and I cannot attend.  But in an ideal world, I’d pop over for the weekend and take in a show on the Saturday night before settling down to a late night supper with some friends …. 😀

I have encountered two sets of the original Visconti Sforza cards in Italy last April.  Firstly at an exhibition on Milanese life in Milan and then later at the newly refurbished Carrara museum.

I long to press my nose up against the glass and marvel at the sugar-almond shades of the Courtly Hunt Cards.  Careful how you say that.

Come with me, let’s ogle the cards together ….

Alison Cross | Upper Knave of Pinks | Master PW of Cologne | The Met

Or perhaps your head would be turned by this round deck, made by the Master PW of Cologne.  Check out the Upper Knave of Pinks!

If I can’t get myself a deck of Courtly Household cards I am going to be simply furious *stamps foot like spoiled toddler*

Big shout out here to Caítlin Matthews who is has a habit of enabling me to spend cash that I haven’t got, on cards!  Ladies and Gentlemen …. I give you Guinivere’s Games!!!!

Because Tartarus is not a Russian oligarch, I will have to limit myself to one deck.  Alright.  TWO decks.

However, we CAN take part in a minor way!  The exhibition catalogue is available from Amazon.  Here it is:


Have fun!

Alison Cross

The Tarot's Court Cards are my specialist area.  They talk to me. Not LITERALLY though ....


Caitlín Matthews · 10th March 2016 at 12:48 pm


    Alison Cross · 10th March 2016 at 3:56 pm

    You're not sorry at all 😀 And neither am I – the decks look FABLAS! 😀

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