Sunday, 18 September 2011

Serravalle Sesia Tarot (1880)

The Ancient Italian Tarot deck is a reproduction of a deck produced in Serravalle Sesia, Italy in 1880 by an anonymous artist. This 1880 deck was in turn based on an earlier deck created in 1835 by the Lombard engraver Carlo Dellarocca. The Classic Tarot is also based on this early 19th century deck. The Ancient Italian Tarot deck has fine line detail in keeping with the engraved original. The coloring, costumes and backgrounds are lavish and rich in color. The card titles are in Italian. Card numbers are given in all four corners and the upper center. The lower right number is upside-down to aid in interpreting reversals.