Caspari Playing Cards – The Great Wave
The Great Wave, a twin pack of playing cards from Caspari, features details of the famous woodblock print by the Japanese artist Hokusai.
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Using the Simon Lucas Bridge Supplies card rating scale, the cards are Standard Quality, and are smartly packaged in a gold presentation box. The cards have standard 4-index faces, and each of the two decks contain 52 cards plus 2 jokers.
More About The Great Wave
The full title of the print is The Great Wave off Kanagawa and shows an enormous wave threatening to sink the boats that are in the water. Published sometime between 1829 and 1833, it’s Hokusai’s most famous piece of work, and one of the most recognisable pieces of Japanese art in the world. The Great Wave is one print in a series depicting the area around Mount Fuji, which appears in the background of the full print (although not on the playing cards). As the work is a woodblock print, there are a number of copies that can be found in famous collections around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, and in Claude Monet’s home in Giverny, France, among many other collections.
Caspari is a publisher of exquisitely designed and printed paper products, with a reputation earned over seven decades by reproducing the work of established artists and museums from around the world. Originally importing Christmas cards by European artists, Caspari has now expanded to include over 30 different product categories. While the company has grown considerably since 1945, it continues to work with the same European printers and suppliers who originally collaborated with H. George Caspari. Current owner Douglas Stevens and president Lisa Milbank maintain Mr. Caspari’s commitment to fine art and his philosophy of presenting work from classic museum collections and contemporary artists. Caspari products are inspired by museum collections such as the Musee de l’Impression sur Etoffes, The National Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Williamsburg, The Royal Horticultural Society and the New York Botanical Gardens as well as outstanding private collections and archives. Artists from around the world partner with Caspari to create a portfolio that represents an international approach to design In 2001, Caspari opened its first boutique at 7 rue Jacob in Paris and in November of 2005, Caspari opened in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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