Some examples of playing cards made in Catalonia from the collection of Iris Mundus, Barcelona.
Luxus No.123 Hungarian seasons pattern manufactured in Hungary by the Playing-Card Factory and Printing House, c.1970
Non-standard playing cards produced by Artex (Budapest) for the Gdynia-America Line, Poland, c.1958
Artex Quadrilato No.333 for Tunisia
“Fipps der Affe“ (Fipps the Ape) quartet game with cartoons by Wilhelm Busch published by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, c.1960
Lustiges Wilhelm Busch Quartett published by Franz Schmidt, Nuremberg, 1937
“Schwarzer Peter Quartett” game published by VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik with cartoons by Wilhelm Busch
“Humouristic Quartett” families game produced by Adolf Sala of Berlin
“Das Lustige Familien Quartett” published by Eugen Schmidt K.G., Dresden, c.1930s
Czech Insurance Company cartoon pack
Artwork featuring playing cards in Music Manuscripts
The beautiful artwork in Dondorf's “Fruits et Légumes” quartet game reminds us of the benefits of natural food.
The Krienser Fasnachts-Jass deck was designed and published by Léon Schnyder from Kriens for the 1988 Fasnacht Carnival
This “Jeu de Familles” from the 1960s designed by Jean Bachès promotes Chambord glassware.
The “Boffie” Kwartetspel was designed by Huibert Vet and published by Albert Heijn in 1936
Globe Trotters follows the journey of a group of travellers who depart from Genoa by ocean liner and sail to the Orient for the ultimate travel experience.
The beautiful images in this quartet game published by Jeux Spear in 1933 depict the progress of transport and travel since early times up til the 1930s
A card game commemorating the first round the world flight by the Graf Zeppelin, published by J.W. Spear & Söhne, Nuremberg, in 1930
Published in 1933, this game celebrated the burgeoning passenger services by air around the world. Spears Weltflug Quartette was produced in German, Dutch and English versions.
This beautiful quartet game from Holland illustrates the strange life cycle of the peanut.
Promotional playing cards produced for Bodegas Trapiche, designed to play Quartet games by collecting a wine bottle card with four matching glasses.
Judaism is the oldest of the great monotheist religions, parent of Christianity and Islam.
The Cow and Gate Happy Family game was issued around 1928 to promote nutrition products
Naipes Estelares playing cards manufactured by Luis A. Fourvel y Cia., Buenos Aires, early 1950s
Baraja Gallega designed by cartoonists and caricaturists Pinto Chinto (David Pintor & Carlos López) in 2002.
The Eglantine Table, Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, elaborately inlaid with marquetry depicting musical instruments, playing-cards, games and heraldic references.
Whilst the titles of the cards are in Italian, the Hebrew and Sanskrit letters on the Trump cards denote, respectively, associations with the Cabbala and Vedic metaphysics.
The combination of shapes and colours in these playing cards creates a vibrant and eye-catching surreal effect.
Elaborate court cards on a deck by Charles Bartlet, Philadelphia, (who was in fact Samuel Hart) c.1845-60. The pip cards are double-ended. The date may be somewhere between c.1845-65.
The Basler Fasnachts deck is designed each year by a different local artist.
In this version an explanatory verse is printed at the top of each card.
A new ‘medieval look’ is intended to suggest the power and virtue of the German character. The Kings lead the church and the army, protecting the empire; the noble Queens represent the power of love, domestic virtues and art; the Jacks portray chivalry, hunting, poetry and music.
Although not historically accurate this example is subtitled “Stuart period”, with rich costumes for the Kings who resemble little emperors; luxurious accessories for the Queens and flamboyant Jacks all creating associations with an imaginary period sometime before the French Revolution.
Based on the standard French ‘Paris’ pattern, Dalí composed his playing card figures out of geometric shapes, like a surrealist tapestry, but retaining the traditional aspects of playing card design.
Philibert "Les Mousquetaires" Playing Cards, designed by Albert Dubout (1905-1976).
Lightly risqué luxury playing cards published by Éditions Philibert of Paris in 1956.
The designs are a meld between the standard international pattern and German-style French-suited cards. Elements from various other standard patterns can be detected. This attempt to create a new standard pattern unfortunately was not a success.
The courts are characters from Wagner's opera “The Ring of the Nibelungs”, beautifully etched and hand coloured. Each character is named in a cursive script along each side of the card.
First published in c.1870, children are presented in these miniature Patience cards disguised as Kings, Queens and Jacks. The Kings' crowns are slightly over-sized for their heads and the children are wearing false beards.
Gibson originally took over the business of Blanchard in 1769. Gibson & Hunt operated briefly (1801-1803) and were followed successively by Hunt & Son (1804-1821), Hunt & Sons (1821-1840), Hall (& Son), Hall & Bancks and finally Bancks Brothers (1841-89).
Playing cards designed by artist Larisa Kovalass-Kovalevska on the theme of the Latvian folk epic “Lāčplēsis”.
The London College of Printing '52 Club' Designers and Artists playing cards, 1984
Carreras Fortune Telling Cards, 1926
Naipes Argentinos 'La Partida' y 'Aparcero' published by Obsequios Empresarios Argentinos, Santa Fe
“Cartes Lenormand” published by H. P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, London, printed in Germany by B. Dondorf, 1920s.
Fortune Telling Cards - wondrous scientific divination poker cards
In ‘Patia Te Pere - The Big Deal’, Joan Gragg presents a first edition series of 1000 decks in which the characters, themes and patterns from traditional playing cards are replaced by Cook Islands cultural, environmental and societal icons.
Buena Suerte Cartomancy cards published by Difusora S.A., Argentina, c.1975
Buena Suerte Cartomancy leaflet
Mlle Lenormand Cartomancy deck made by Vereinigte Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken, Stralsund, c.1890