Piatnik’s elegant and refined “France Royale” Bridge playing cards designed by Willy Mayrl depict named historical characters from France’s royal past, including Louis XIV, Richelieu, Marie de Medici, Talleyrand, Marie-Antoinette, Anna D’Autriche, François I, Marguerite de Navarra, Louis XIV, Henry IV, Louis XVI and others. The four decorative aces and joker reinforce the historical style.
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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.
Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.
Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.
I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A deck of 55 cards, celebrating the master of mystery, murder and mayhem, Alfred Hitchcock.
Geometric designs by the French artist Jean Garçon for Knoll International, the furniture company.
Modern designs by Italian artist Marcello Morandini using the simplest of forms and colours.
Standard French cards but printed with fluorescent inks on a black background.
Brazilian scenic aces with emperors of Brazil, Austria and France and other dignitaries on the court...
Free reinterpretation of the traditional Paris pattern courts by the artist Claude Weisbuch.
Historical playing cards by C. L. Wüst depicting monarchs of Brazil and Portugal.
Publicity pack for the Campanile hotel and restaurant chain featuring French provincial costumes, wi...
Trappola pack of 36 double-ended cards published by Anton Herrl, Graz, Austria.
Randy Butterfield's House of Tudor playing cards feature detailed art in a high-quality collectible ...
“Les métiers et leurs protecteurs” playing cards published by Editions Dusserre, c. 1995.
Famous people associated with Nicolas Fouquet’s splendid château of Vaux-le-Vicomte.
French navigators and explorers on a promotional pack for the C.M.C.R shipping company.
Pack featuring six images from the Disney film of the same name, on cards made for Eastern Europe.
Characters from the 2007 film Shrek the Third, a DreamWorks Animation production.
Advertising pack designed by James Hodges for a company specialising in regional cakes and biscuits....
Joan of Arc and her contemporaries in a colourful pack designed by Patrice Louis.
Typical costumes and views of Alsace together with lists of the principal sights.
Katie Abey’s rainbow-coloured designs using crazy animals to convey motivating phrases.
Egg-shaped cards created by Rodolfo Krasno employing photographic images by Michel Leclerc.
French Cartomancy cards published by J. Gaudais; printed by Mansion, Paris, c.1830.
Costumes from four operas premiered at the Paris Opera between 1830 and 1840.
Honouring the bicentenary of the Montgolfier brothers’ first balloon flights in 1783.
Characters and scenes from the Disney film of the same name, on a pack made for Eastern Europe.