Dodali hand-painted Tarot

(3 customer reviews)


78 cards + 3 alternative cards (printed on two 160gr sheets, glued)
Painted and hand-cut  

Card size: 6.5 x 12cm

Cardboard box (handmade)
Box size: 14 x 8 x 5cm

Dated and signed on an additional card

Requires 3 weeks’ manufacturing time from date of order

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Dodali Tarot / TSR005 a-b / hand painted

The cards are constructed from two printed sheets of 160gr verger paper, glued together with handmade glue from a traditional recipe. The sheets are then pressed and dried before being painted and cut by hand.

Number of Cards: 78 + 3 variations (Ace of Swords, Ace of Wands, Page of Wands)
Card size: 12 x 6.5cm

Packaging: Handmade and hand-coloured, artisanal cardboard box
Box Size: 14 x 8 x 5cm
Each deck is dated and signed

The Dodali Tarot is the result of two years of research, rendering and restoration.

Restoration of the Iean Dodal Tarot

To redraw the tarot of Iean Dodal, I referred to the two copies of this iconic tarot, preserved in the National Library of France (Paris), and the British Museum (London).

My approach to tarot restoration is always to preserve as faithfully as possible the character of the original woodcuts. In my redrawing, I made the most of high-definition scans, but it was only by comparing my prototype to the museum originals, card by card, that the fine-tuning was accomplished. My version is undoubtedly the closest to the original that I have encountered.

Particularities of the Dodali Tarot 

A meticulous study of the originals allowed me to observe that trump card XII, LE.PANDV, was originally engraved in an upright position, as in the Belgian tarot tradition. This subtle difference, which explains the apparent inversion of the Roman numeral (IIX), can be inferred from the orientation of the card backs, which feature a non-reversible motif. It is a very meaningful characteristic of this French tarot that is often overlooked. It is absolutely certain that on the original mold, the card name was engraved upside down, and not the Roman numeral.

Comparing the two copies in Paris and London, I detected differences between three cards. My edition replicates both versions of these cards, namely an Ace of Swords, Ace of Wands, and Page of Wands, giving a total of eighty-one cards.

I offer two versions of the Dodali Tarot:

  • TSR005a: faithfully reproduces the historical colours and texture of an original woodcut print.
  • TSR005b: features fully saturated colours and a distinct black line, to reflect interpretative nuances made possible by contemporary pigment choices.

Iean Dodal, card maker in Lyon.

Iean Dodal was a Lyon business owner active between 1701 and 1715. He manufactured his tarot for export purposes only, as evidenced by the mention on several cards of “Faict pour le Trange” (F.P.LE.TRANGE), or “Made for Export”. It is probably for this reason that his name appears Italianised on the Two of Coins, hence the name of this edition of the “Dodali Tarot”.

3 reviews for Dodali hand-painted Tarot

  1. Iolon

    I received my hand-painted Dodali yesterday (23/09/2019). The quality of the cards is suberbe, I’ve rarely seen such a nice Tarot, including the paper used, of which the ivory color is just perfect for historical reproductions. Thanks Sullivan for this gemstone in the Tarot reproduction world.

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  3. J C Boden (verified owner)

    I received my beautiful Dodali Tarot as a gift for my birthday and I am delighted with it! To see the familiar characters of the Marseille Dodal Tarot brought alive under the brush-work of Sullivan is a dream come true. This piece will become a family heirloom over many generations. Thank you.

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