[Centsprent/catchpenny print, antique game, gambling] Het nieuw Arlequin Spel. / Le nouveau Jeu d’Arlequin. No. 84, published ca. 1830-1840.
Children’s print with the game called ‘Harlekijnspel’, named after the Harlequin figure in the middle of the print, carrying a bag with the number 7. Around him is an arch with the numbers 2 to 12. The game is played with two dice. The players have to put a token on the number rolled with the dice. Number seven is the pot, and the players who roll seven leave their token there, meaning that throughout the game more tokens stay in the pot. The person who is the last to have tokens left wins. The rules are explained at the bottom of the print.
“The Game of Seven is known under many different names, with different imagery to correspond. The Game of Harlequin, looks perfectly innocuous, though the game itself is not. Here, the special rules for the throws of two or twelve are not recognised and they are treated as ordinary numbers, so that there is no quick finish to the game. The throw of seven causes money to accumulate on the central figure of Harlequin, in the usual way, but the rules say that the game continues until every player except one is completely out of money, when the last man standing takes everything. A special rule says that when a player runs out of money, one last throw is allowed for free, after which the player must leave the game.” [from the website ilgiocodelloca.it]
Turnhout, Glenisson en Van Genechten or Glenisson en zonen (1833 – 1900), numbered ‘84’ in the upper left corner.
€ 48,40 ( ex. btw) € 40,00