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Published August 06, 2016 Updated February 28, 2023

Baroque No.2118

“Baroque” by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, reflecting a bygone era of fashion.

1928 Austria Piatnik Art & Design Baroque Rococo Add to Collection

Colourful “Baroque” costume deck by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, c.1928, reflecting a bygone era of fashion.

“Baroque” by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, c.1928 “Baroque” by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, c.1928

Above: “Baroque” printed in chromolithography by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, c.1928. Images courtesy Rod Starling.

The deck appears to have enjoyed great popularity. It is believed to have been first issued in 1895. There have been at least three later issues, and subsequent reprints, in poker and bridge formats, with various types of indices. Some of these carry different date or production codes as Piatnik started printing the order number, generally on the ace of hearts, but sometimes on the ace of diamonds after c.1950. Differences of detail can be seen in the designs, possibly due to new printing technology (chromolithography, offeset litho, etc) being used over the years.

“Baroque” by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, c.1950

Above: “Baroque” by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, in Bridge size, c.1950. This edition was distributed in USA by the Atlantic Playing Card Co., N.Y. (click to zoom).

Shown below is a later edition of “Baroque” No.2118 by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, 1977 in which the four Queens in particular show noteable differences.

“Baroque” No.2118 by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, 1977

Above: “Baroque” No.2118 by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, 1977. Blue or red backs, 3 jokers in each pack. Images and additional research courtesy Matt Probert.

“Baroque” No.2118 by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, 1977
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By Rod Starling

Member since January 09, 2013

Rod Starling was one of the founding members of the 52 Plus Joker card collectors club. He authored many articles for the club's quarterly newsletter, Clear the Decks. His collection encompasses both foreign and American decks. Rod also authored a book titled The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards.


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