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ANCIENT ITALIAN TAROT DECKS : 19th CENTURY
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 Posted: Tue Jan 13th, 2015 08:28 am
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giordanoberti
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It's really interesting to relate the Italian Tarots of 19th century with the French Tarot of mthe same epoch.

At first glance it might seem that the Italian Tarot printers have copied from the French, but it is not so, since the Italian tradition is older.

As often happens in history, an object "emigrated" from place to place, then undergoes some transformation or adaptation and, at times, returns to the place of origin, giving rise to a new tradition.

This is, in brief, the history of the Vergnano Tarot.

The VERGNANO TAROT was realized around the 1830 in Turin (Northern Italy), on the basis of the so-called "Marseillais Tarot", in that epoch known as "Italian Tarot".

In 1832 THIS DECK RECEIVED AN IMPORTANT AWARD by the Chamber of Commerce of the Royal House of Savoy.

In September 2014 was made this reprint :
78 CARDS FAITHFUL TO THE ORIGINAL

The deck is sold in A VERY ELEGANT BOX created by the art designer Letizia Rivetti.

The Vergnano Tarot is printed in a limited edition of 500 COPIES, NUMBERED AND HANDSIGNED by Giordano Berti in a warrant card.

In the box there's also a BOOKLET in english (or italian,portuguese, spanish):
24 PAGES with a brief history of the deck.

The Vergnano Tarot should not miss in the collection of every serious Tarot student, because it marks the beginning of a new graphic tradition, in the Italy of early 19th century.

TO GET IT, please write to : giordano.berti@gmail.com

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 Posted: Thu Jan 29th, 2015 10:08 am
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I have just received my copy of this deck, and I have to say it really is something special. The "box" - it looks so like a book it's hard to think of it as a box !) is very attractive indeed, and sturdy with it, and even lined in green faux velvet - and it  that somehow adds to the aged look.has little gold highlights - I didn't see that coming - it LOOKS antique, distressed. As do the cards. Sharp corners, "old" feeling card stock, that sort of lovely "leaky black lines" look - the fact that they are slightly shiny - laminated I assume - doesn't even take away from that, but does make it feel safer to shuffle them - and they do shuffle easily.

And it's worth having just for the fool card - Grandpa chases butterfly :cl.

I shall post this on AT as well; this deck deserves attention.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 30th, 2015 05:13 pm
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Many collectors who bought my reprint of the Vergnano Tarot, have written to ask me how can I be sure of the date of this deck.
In fact, while the inscription on the packaging of my reprint is "Vergnano Tarot 1830", the booklet that accompanies the deck carries report the date "1830 ca". This approximation does not answer the question.

It must be said that to date the ancient Tarot decks is always difficult. When missing tax stamps, you are likely to give an approximate age of a deck, which can become older or younger than it is in reality.

However, apart from the tax stamp, there are other details that help to date a Tarot deck; for example, the address that is usually placed on the Three of Cups. But a printer could have maintain the same address for many decades.
Another useful detail to dating a deck is the printing and coloring technique.
Usually, a refined design and a color more precise mean that the deck is newer ... but it is not always so. When a matrix of wood was consumed, the printer it did affect a new, but sometimes the new engraver did not have the same technical ability of the earlier engraver.

In the specific case of the Vergnano Tarot, there are numerous indications that the design was made around 1830 and that this deck was actually printed in the years immediately following.
Follow all these tracks is an exciting job, similar to the investigation of Sherlock Holmes. You have to go in the Archives of State, track down all commercial documents relating to the printer and compare them with the decks signed by the same printer; decks that are often found in the home of private collectors that living away hundreds of kilometers.

Sometimes, despite having "dug" for days within an archive, the results are poor or non-existent.

For the researcher, the greatest satisfaction is not the economic gain: that is absolutely nonexistent. The satisfaction is encountering on their way (or even on internet) people who understand this immense work and are able to suggest new tracks to follow, as it happened to me recently.

Therefore, I want to communicate to friends Tarot Collectors who soon will insert here some news that I could not publish the booklet that accompanied the first copies of the Tarot Vergnano 1830.

Giordano Berti

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 Posted: Wed Aug 3rd, 2016 09:46 am
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Regarding the Vergnano Tarot, you can see a short video :hp
"Ferol Humphrey plays with Vergnano Tarot 1830"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw9IQ_1Lz-4

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