SIGNED - TAROCCO DELLE COLLEZIONI - MENEGAZZI - LIMITED ED, 183/500 - MINT, 1979
SIGNED + LIMITED EDITION of 210/500 — TAROCCO DELLE COLLEZIONI (Tarot of Collections) TAROT DECK — By Osvaldo Menegazzi, Meneghello, 1979 — Very Scarce
An extremely scarce and out-of-print, signed, limited edition (of 500) Tarocco Delle Collezioni (Tarot of Collections) deck by Osvaldo Menegazzi, whose art is currently being sold in galleries. Menegazzi's great skill and vast knowledge of art and tarot history is self-taught. He has published many historically important Tarots and has produced thematic decks for friends and colleagues. More recently, he has focused his creative energy on intricate, handcrafted decks. This limited edition of 500 includes the box, instruction booklet, tarot cards and certificate of authenticity. The box, booklet, tarot cards and certificate of authenticity have no wear and are in mint condition. The cards are all present — they have not been used, and remain in the original card order. The certificate of authenticity holds Menegazzi's signature, date and limited edition of 210/500.
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The Tarocco delle Collezioni (Tarot of Collections) is a full 78 card tarot deck printed on thick, sturdy card stock, with the front having a glossy finish and the back having an unfinished soft green color. The cards themselves are slightly smaller than the standard size. They are made up of colorful marionettes, and rare, valuable theatrical collectibles spanning many years of Italian stage and opera, sometimes dating as far back as the Renaissance period. Objects such as vases, masks, watches, statues, and other stage props share the limelight along with the many styles of puppets. Notes written sideways on some of the cards indicate what production that particular puppet was in and other such relevant information. The cards are numbered in large, black Roman numerals in the Major Arcana. Justice is card VIII and Strength is XI, following the Italian tradition. The Minor Arcana also showcase collectibles, though cards 2-10 of each suit essentially depict the same image of the appropriate suit icon. The aces in each of the four suits (Bastoni/Batons, Coppe/Cups, Spade/Swords, and Denari/Coins) feature a clown, harlequin, or court jester. The King of each suit displays a different antique looking pistol. The Queens feature different carved masks. The Knights show different types of antique toy vehicles, such as a chariot, train, motorcycle, and car. And three of the four Pages feature a carved collector's pipe, except for the Page of Coins, which has an image of a man with the words "Francia 1800 - Radica policroma" besides it.