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Four game cards from a Cavagnole Game Bag and Pieces (Jeu de cavagnole), French, about 1750, watercolor and gouache on vellum. The illuminated scrolls on display in the exhibit put today’s cardboard bingo cards and chips to shame. The tiny numbered squares of vellum feature ornamental fountains; wine-drinking monkeys dressed in human clothes, playing backgammon; as well as the famed 18th-century rhinoceros Clara, who traveled Europe as a celebrity for 17 years.
Box Set of Gaming Pieces (Boîte de jeu), Austrian, C.1735–40, Du Paquier Porcelain Manufactory, hard-paste porcelain, polychrome enamel decoration, gilding; gold mounts; diamonds. Designed to play a tricky Spanish card game called hombre, full name, “Yo soy el hombre,” or “I am the man.” The ancestor of bridge and whist, hombre is a trick-taking game with trumps that involves wild scoring & betting on a 40-card deck. A 4 person version of the game called quadrille was also very popular
Game of chance "Cavagnole", an 18th-century Italian ancestor to bingo. Rules: Each player is given a card divided into five sections, with each section randomly numbered between 1 and 160. The player places a wager on one numbered section of his /her card. Small illustrated scrolls, each inscribed with a corresponding number from 1 to 160, are tucked into little green-stained ivory beads. The banker places beads in drawstring bag & shakes; one bead is plucked from bag, & winning number unfurled