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Rococco

“Rococco” designed by Melchior Annen

Rococo (or “Rococco”) was a style in the decorative arts characterized by elaborate but graceful ornamentation which originated in France and was widely used in Europe in the 18th century. It has been popular with playing card designers, including versions produced by Dondorf and Piatnik. This version was designed by artist, illustrator and graphic designer Josef Maria Melchior Annen (1868-1954) who designed several packs for Müller & Cie. Flamboyant clothing as well as vanity mirrors, duelling pistols, bouquets, wigs, fans and so on all evoke the era.

Also by Melchior Annen:  Humanist BridgeRichard WagnerCasino.

'Rococco' playing cards designed by Melchior Annen, printed by Müller & Cie, c.1920

Above: 'Rococco' playing cards designed by Melchior Annen, printed by Müller & Cie, c.1920s. Two different types of indices are known, but we are unsure of the dates. A patience version was also produced.

Patience No.98

Above: Patience No.98 based on “Rococco” designs.

Last Updated August 30, 2016 at 02:48pm

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