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Cartes Turques Patience

Karl Gerich No.18: “Cartes Turques Patience”

Karl Gerich's hand-made deck no.18 features 3 double-ended dragon Aces and one Adam/Eve Ace with a coiled serpent. The Courts & Joker are in oriental costume. The title card shows Karl's phoenix motif, a banner with the legend: “Resurgam” (Latin for “I shall rise again”) and the artist's address at the time. “Whist pour la Turquie” was first made by the Austrian maker Glanz (Vienna) with named court cards. It was then copied by van Genechten, Brepols & Piatnik during the period c.1860-1890 and then finally it was discontinued. It is here resurrected as the inspiration for Karl's new version.

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Karl Gerich No.18: Cartes Turques Patience, 1991

Above: Karl Gerich No.18: “Cartes Turques Patience”, printed from copperplate etching and hand-coloured, published 1991. 32 cards + Joker + 2 additional cards; 34mm x 63mm. (Click image to see more)  Images courtesy Barney Townshend.

References:

♣ Tregear, Mike and Daphne, "Karl Gerich: Card Designer and Maker", privately published.

Last Updated September 06, 2015 at 05:27pm

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