Each is finely decorated with inlays or reliefs of monkeys, the flaps with monkeys, engraved fruits and insects,
L. approx. 9 cm each
Private collection, the Netherlands
With us, pre-2021
Bezique or Bésigue is a 19th-century French melding and trick-taking card game for two players that came to Britain and is still played today. The game is derived from Piquet, possibly via Marriage (Sixty-six) and Briscan, with additional scoring features, notably the peculiar liaison of the Q♠ and J♦ that is also a feature of Pinochle, Binokel, and similarly named games that vary by country.