T. O. Weigel: Luxus Skatkarten, c.1880
Luxus Skatkarten was first published by the bookseller and publisher Theodor Oswald Weigel (1812-1881) in around 1880. The cards shown here are from a facsimile edition published by F. X. Schmid, Munich, in 1981. The artist is believed to have been Emil Doepler "the Younger" (1855–1922), a German Art Nouveau illustrator, decorative artist and art teacher. The artwork follows the tradition of German playing card design and conveys a vivid sense of emotion, sensuality and vitality. The four Aces depict full-length drawings and the court cards are double-ended fantasy renaissance figures.
Seven of Clubs: A German named Leuben wagered that he would turn up a pack of cards in a certain order, beginning with the Seven of Clubs. It is said that he succeeded after seven years and over four million attempts - in a lunatic asylum,