Adam C. de Hautot Tarot / TSR009 / Digital Print
Number of Cards: 78
Card size: 11.5 x 6.7cm
Packaging: Handmade envelope with a 4-colour hand-painted design (verge paper 160gr)
First limited edition. Each deck is numbered from 1 to 400, and signed on an additional card.
Adam C. de Hautot Tarot is the result of three years of research, rendering and restoration.
Restoration of the Adam C. de Hautot Tarot
To redraw the tarot of Adam C. de Hautot, I referred to the two extant copies of this iconic tarot, preserved in the Musée Français de la Carte à Jouer (Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris), and the Deutsches Spielkartenmuseum (Leinfelden-Echterdingen). It is good to know that both museums have incomplete decks, and that even after combining the two copies, there are still a few missing cards. Fortunately enough, the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Dunkerque, France) owns several copies plus an envelope. That discovery came very late in my redrawing process as the museum has been closed since 2015, and I have been able to redraw the last missing cards based on an original. By carefully comparing the borders of each card, I was also able to reassemble the original layout of the uncut sheets and assign them to their original place on the seven unique molds. My approach to tarot restoration is always to preserve as faithfully as possible the character of the original woodcuts. In my redrawing, reconnecting the borders allowed me to render every details and variations of the checkered pattern frame around the cards.
Colouring the Digital Print Edition
An innovative process combining hand-colouring and digital art allowed me to reconstruct the traditional colouring methods. Each of the six colours was applied by hand, using separate stencil sheets. This four-step process facilitates organic colour-blending and produces a more subtle result. Next, a high-definition scan was digitally overlaid with the textured line drawing, and paper scans from the same time period for the background. This hybrid technology adheres to Tarot Sheet Revival’s goal of authentically expressing the poetic character of historical tarots.
Particularities of the Adam C. de Hautot Tarot
The Adam C. de Hautot belongs to the “Rouen-Brussels” pattern, matching the tarots made by Brussels card makers. Trump card II is CAPITANO FRACASE – LES PAGN OL instead of La Papesse, and BACUS replaces Le Pape. This tarot has a very unique style and could be considered a bridge between the Vieville and the Belgian tarot. LIMPERATRICE and LEMPEREVR have changed places, becoming IIIII and III respectively, while LE.FOL is numbered XXII. A skeleton can be seen among the figures of LE.IUGEMENT card, and that is unique. LE.PENDV is oriented head up, with a thick black line as a rope running from the top of his head to the top of the card. The depiction of Fortuna in LE MONDE and the checkered pattern are similarities with the “Anonyme Parisien” tarot.
Adam C. de Hautot, card maker in Rouen.
Adam C. de Hautot was a Rouen business owner belonging to the de Hautot familly, active in the 17th and 18th Century. It is difficult to tell with absolute certainty, which of the three Adam manufactured this tarot. But the words “AU COEUR ROYAL” associated with his name on several cards and on the envelope can be found on an archive giving the dates 1723-1728. This card maker, Adam C. de Hautot, is known from 1723 to 1748.
Allie (verified owner) –
I love Sullivan’s color choice , when I lay these out it is like the sunset spilled on my table , beautiful and so fun . I treasure everything you make and always get backups . Thank you for such unique and wonderfully useable tarot !
I love this deck. It’s fully alive and very talkative. Truly lovely, the color is exceptionally beautiful. My third deck from TSR, each deck a treasure.
J C Boden –
Many decks catch your eye but only a few catch your heart. Purchase THOSE decks. Sullivan’s Dodali is one such Tarot. the moment I was in the presence of my deck I felt the love and care Sullivan has put into it. Its charm is captivating. I love it and will always treasure it.
Justin Michael (verified owner) –
Beautiful stunning deck. An essential in my collection.
Carol (verified owner) –
The Adam C de Hautot is beautiful and beautifully colored. Everything from the art on the package wrappers to the feel of the cards is exceptional. I have never had cards that I have enjoyed as much as the three decks I was able to find here.
Marilyn from Tarot Clarity –
Don’t hesitate on this one, this deck is gorgeous and I believe an important one to include in your collection. It’s also fun to read with.
Daniel Guirchovitch (verified owner) –
This is my favorite tarot deck so far. I have used it for readings for over a year now and it is as precise as it is gentle, compassionate and childlike.
The unique Belgian tradition is a delight.
Bacchus may show up to suggest lightening up, as in one is too serious, heavy, needs more play, humor, lighter touch. Or it may suggest an illusion or delusion, as if one is drunk or stoned or childish somehow, in denial or avoidance.
Similarly Captain may be superficial, or it may suggest to fake it till you make it (not unlike Magician, but with a much bigger flare). It is larger than life, and some situations or characters are – for better or for worth. It can be very sexy or it can be all talk and no substance. It can be mocking the oppressors with courage!
Thank you for bringing more joy to my world.
Joseph A. –
A charming pattern with lovely colours. I am enjoying discovering all sorts of unique details in this whimsical deck.