Five of Spades

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Five of Spades playing card from a pack of transformation playing cards. Male juggler figure depicted in outline, shown in profile facing left. He wears a jester's hat and balances a group of objects, all of which incorporate the spade symbol. In his left hand, he balances a ceramic vase on a long pole. From his head, another vase is balanced on a shorter pole, the spades forming the bodies of each vase. From his feet, he balances two swords, the spades forming his boots and the hilts of the weapons. At center, another sword is balanced with its tip pointed down, the spade again composing the hilt.
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Dexter J. Purinton
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
late 19th century
Accession Number
E. Le Tellier, French, active late 19th century
Belin, France
B.P. Grimaud, Paris, France
made in
Paris, France
Lithograph on paper
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
toys & games
Object Name
Playing card
Playing card