Different regions have contributed to the development of variant decks for playing the game of tarot, each with unique themes or symbolism. This Animal Tarot (or ‘Tarock’) was produced at Fabrique de J. T. Dubois, Rue Souverain Pont No. 314, Liège, Belgium, in the early 19th century. The 22 trump cards are illustrated with exotic animals or rural scenes and have large roman numerals at the top and bottom, enabling them to be instantly recognised during play. The images were inspired by mythology or folklore; they were not designed for cartomancy.
The 16 court cards in Bavarian style are adapted from the French ‘Paris’ pattern, with the addition of cavaliers or horsemen.
The knave of diamonds holds a halberd with the initials "J K H" and also an escutcheon (a shield or a shield-shaped emblem bearing a crowned lion, typically used to represent a family, individual, or organization); the knave of hearts holds a halberd with the initial "J"; and the knave of spades' halberd has the initial "E" (which is a reference to I. B. Eberhard of Frankfurt, whose woodblocks were re-used). The king of diamonds has at the bottom "A Liege J. R."
Cremers, Filip: Kaartenmakers in Wallonië - Cartiers en Wallonie, Nationaal Museum van de Speelkaart, Turnhout, 1994
O’Donoghue, Freeman M: Catalogue of the collection of playing cards bequeathed by Lady Charlotte Schreiber, Trustees of the British Museum, London, 1901 (Flemish 8)
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A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
Etchings of cats on a set of major arcana created by Evelyne Nicod.
Black-and-white photographs of models whose faces are made up using elements found on the major arca...
Brazilian scenic aces with emperors of Brazil, Austria and France and other dignitaries on the court...
Mythological tarot by Michael Schatzberger, Passau, Bavaria, early 19th century.
French-suited Natural History Tarot deck by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1820.
Mythological and Allegorical tarot produced by Peter Paul Fetscher junior, Munich.
Roy Huteson Stewart's The Tarot Strikes Back combines Star Wars with Rider-Waite tarot imagery.
French-suited Animal Tarot deck produced by Andreas Benedict Göbl, Munich.
Scenic Tarock deck produced by Fabrique de Cartes J. Müller & Cie (Schaffhouse), Suisse.
‘National Costumes of Turkey’ tarot by Industrie Comptoir, Leipzig, c.1800-1825.
French-suited Bavarian Animal Tarot by J B Dubois, Liège, Belgium, late 18th C.
French-suited Æsop’s fables tarot produced by Leipzig Industrie Comptoir, c.1800-1825.
Early 19th century Animal Tarot pack produced by J T Dubois, Liège, Belgium.
Recoloured version of the Rider/Waite/Smith tarot produced by Frankie Albano, 1968.
Based on the knowledge, wisdom and interpretation of Paul Foster Case and Arthur Edward Waite.
Psychedelic designs promoting Louis De Poortere, a company selling carpets and rugs.
“The New Palladini Tarot” by David Palladini published by U.S. Games Inc., in 1996.
The Aquarian Tarot Deck illustrated by David Palladini, published by Morgan Press, Inc., 1970.
The Linweave Tarot is actually an elaborate set of paper samples from the Pulp, Paper and Board Divi...
A Pomeranian Tarot deck with etchings by Georg Pommer published by Conrad Jegel, 1852.
Giuliano Costa's Jack-O’-Lantern tarot blends Rider-Waite symbolism with the rich and atmospheric th...
“De Tarot in de herstelde orde” (The Tarot in the restored order) a re-ordered Rider-Waite tarot dec...
Two very remarkable tarots by the award winning Dutch cartoonist Marcel Ruijters.
A set of Tarot trumps on the subject of the cinema, with designs by Sergio Sarri.
Sergio Ruffolo’s “Tarocco Indovino” is an expanded version of his “Lo Zodiaco” cartomancy deck.
The Disney Villains tarot deck by Insight Editions emphasises iconic villains, merging traditional t...
This tarot deck pays tribute to the golden age of pixelated video games, drawing inspiration from th...
This tarot deck captures the idealised Eastern world's magic from the eighteenth and nineteenth cent...
Four Corners of the World fantasy playing cards by Daveluy, Bruges, Belgium, 1875-1880.
The “Parisian Tarot”, early 1600s, with imagery and design synthesizing several influences.
Early French Cartomancy deck "for the amusement of Ladies" but also referred to as "Jeu divinatoire ...
Detailed pen and ink drawings of the major arcana by the German artist Helmut Wonschick.