Playing cards designed by Hans Sebald Beham (1500–1550)
Medieval style playing cards commemorating the Battle of Grunwald (1410), designed and published by Studio Wena, 2011
Cartes Moyen-Age by Daveluy, Bruges, c.1875
‘Première Croisade’ with single-ended courts by Daveluy, Bruges, c.1850.
Baraja Edad Media, fantasy Spanish-suited medieval playing cards published Mas-Reynals, Barcelona, 1993. Designed by M. Malé and illustrated by V. Maza.
Master PW Circular Playing Cards: roses, columbines, carnations, parrots and hares... everyday objects evoking life and fertility.
Set of medieval playing cards has 52 cards with King, Queen, Knave and numeral cards from one to ten in each of the four suits of dog collars, tethers (for the hounds), nooses (for birds or small game), and hunting horns. These suits refer to the activity of hunting, as practised by the nobility.
Archaic, late medieval Spanish-suited playing cards printed by Phelippe Ayet, c.1574
The first European references to playing cards date from the 1370s and come from Catalonia (Spain), Florence, France, Sienna, Viterbo (Italy), southern Germany, Switzerland and Brabant. Most of these refer to 'a recent introduction'.
In the Middle Ages hunting was an integral part of life.
The Princely Hunting Pack, c.1440/45, is attributed to Konrad Witz and his workshop in Basle.