In 1988 the Danish School of Design set the examination project to design a pack of playing cards. Thomas Damkier designed this royalty deck, called “Dronningespillet” (Game of Queens).
Instead of the old emblematic designs, the trump cards show illustrations of animals, which could possibly have symbolic meanings or moralizing interpretations
King Christian IV anniversary pack, designed by Thora Fisker and printed by L. Jevison Junior, 1988
L. P. Holmblad's house pattern used from c.1840. The K♠ carries a harp as in the traditional French-type cards; but the J♠ is sleeping with his arms folded and his shield resting behind him.
Holmblads No. 121 made by John Waddington, England, for Denmark
Cards from c.1850 by L. P. Holmblad showing fantasy historical Danish Kings and Queens.
The traditional animal images on tarok decks are here substituted by images of buildings from Copenhagen and the surrounding area. The deck had several editions, with each new edition updating the latest changes to the buildings that had taken place since the previous edition.
Danish Tarok cards published by S. Salomon & Co., Kjøbenhavn, c.1906
Animal Tarok by Jean Friedrich Mayer (1752-1783)
The earliest mention of playing-cards in Denmark dates from 1487 when King Hans, who reigned from 1481-1513 and was notorious for his gambling, again and again drew money from the treasury to pay for his losses.