This beautiful model, created around 1830, marks the beginning of the “Golden Age” of the piedmontese Tarot.In 1832, during the second exhibition of the products of industry and commerce organized in Turin, in the Castello del Valentino, the Vergnano family received an “honorable mention” for the quality of their Tarot. This beautiful Tarot was copied systematically by other card printers, also outside the Kingdom of Piedmont.
The Vergnano Tarot, although very similar to the Tarot so-called “of Marseille”, have many particular details, differents for style and content.
Typical of this deck, as the next Tarot of Piedmont, is the Fool, dressed in baggy pants, chasing a butterfly. The Magician has on the table the tools of the shoemaker. The Devil has an animal face that rises from the abdomen. The Ace of Cups is a vase full of flowers and fruits. The Knight of Coins has a turban on his head. The Knight of Swords resembles a warrior Hussar. The King of Swords and the Knight of Wands have a wonderful and absolutely unusual clothing.
All the characters are delineated with a sign clean but vigorous. Sherryl Smith writes, “the figures are pleasant, friendly faces and have an air of quiet confidence.”
The primary colors are red, blue and yellow with a little ‘green. The back is a set of dotted lines blue.
The deck was reprinted in 2014: a print absolutely faithful to the original, in a limited edition of 500 copies, numbered and handsigned.
To 78 cards is added a warranty card with the serial number and the signature of the curator, historian Giordano Berti, who also wrote the booklet that accompanies the deck.
The cards are sold in an elegant book-shaped box invented by art designer Letizia Rivetti, handmade by “RINASCIMENTO – Italian Style Art”.
The exterior of the box is in green marbled paper with gold inserts. The interior is lined in velvet.
Publisher: Araba Fenice, Italia, 2014
Curator: Giordano Berti
Limited edition: 500 copiec, numbered and handsigned
Deck: 78 cards + 1 warranty with number and handsign by gGiordano Berti
Dimension of the cards: 115×68 mm
Artbox: invented by art designer Letizia Rivetti.
Packaging: “RINASCIMENTO – Italian Style Art”. Book-shaped box. Handcraft production. Velvet interior. Exterior in green marbled paper with gold inserts.
Booklet: written by Giordano Berti. 24 pages in black-and-white with historical information on this deck; semi-rigid cover; size 80 × 134 mm.
Italian, by Giordano Berti
English, translation by Vic Berti
Portuguese, tradução de Michele Serinolli.
-> Tarocchi Vergnano: An Historic Tarot from Piedmont <- by Sherryl E. Smith
-> Vergnano Tarot 1826-1851: the story of a Piedmontese Tarot <– by Giordano Berti