I acquired these cards many years ago but have never established the age or maker or indeed whether this is a complete set or made up of mixed courts from different packs.
The pattern is the Lyon pattern from France which is indicated on the Knave of Clubs.
The word 'BRUN" appears below the Knave of Spades but what does this refer to? The King looks as though it may be from a different set as it appears slightly more refined in style and printing than some of the other cards.
If you have any thoughts on the Maker, pattern or age of these cards then please share them with me using the contact link below.
This is a deck of 52 cards with all Aces and courts illustrated and hand coloured. The figures represent characters from ancient Rome, Greece and Asia Minor. The Spade courts and ace depict scenes from the Viennese story of 'Beatrice'. I have seen a more simplified series of these courts as part of a full transformation deck but never seen these, more elaborate courts, as part of a deck where the pip cards are standard and clear of engravings. I believe these to be by Muller c. 1818 (ref: Fournier Museum catalogue p.176 no. 62) any comments welcome.