Chinese Dragon Robes (龙袍 Longpao)
Costume deck featuring 54 different images of Chinese Dragon Robes from the collections of the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City in Beijing, made from precious materials with exquisite workmanship and lavish ornamentation. The robes are embroidered with yellow dragons and auspicious symbolic patterns. According to the back of the card box: “Dragon robes refer to long outer garments with dragon patterns that emperors, empresses and royal family members wear on important occasions, such as banquets, sacrificial ceremonies and official activities, to show their majestic political statuses.”
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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.
Dutch costume playing cards made for the Dutch market in the second half of the 19th century.
The first of two decks designed by Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko for “Korchma Taras Bulba” restaurant which serves traditional Ukrainian cuisine
This deck is named after Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu (1585-1642), a French Roman Catholic Clergyman and statesman, Chief Adviser to King Louis XIII, noted for the authoritarian measures he employed to maintain power.
Schweizer Trachten No.174 (Costumes Suisses) by Dondorf.
In this newsletter we’re looking at how fashion and costume is represented through playing card art since the 14th century through to today.
Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch for Lot Polish Airlines, 1962.
‘History of fashion’ cultural quartet game designed by Erika Werner-Nestler, 1954.
Dutch costumes quartet game designed by Gerard Huijg, 1983.
Österreichisches Trachten-quartett Nr.282 published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne.
Norwegian Troll Cards published by Aune Forlag of Trondheim, c.2000.
Caperucita Roja card game published by H. Fournier, 1981.
Pulgarcito (Tom Thumb) card game published by H Fournier, 1981.
Sleeping Beauty card game published in France, c.1980s.
Chinese Costumes from the Winterthur Collection, published by Fournier, 1984.
Fairy Tales quartet published by Heinrich Schwarz + Co for Dutch market, c.1970.
Fairy Tales quartet game by F.X. Schmid, Munich, 1960.
Märchen-Quartett (Fairy Tales) illustrated by J. P. Werth and published by J. W. Spear & Söhne, c.1915.
Fairy Tales quartet designed by Annemarie Gramberg, published by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken AG, 1955.
Spear’s “Fancy Dress Ball” card game with children dressed in period costumes, 1930s.
Bathing Beauties throughout the ages, published in Hungary, 1967.
Fairy Legend Misfitz published by C W Faulkner & Co Ltd, c.1908.
“Renaissance” playing card designs by A I Charlemagne, 1862.
Matching game by Majora, Lisbon, c.1970, featuring figures in national dress from Portuguese provinces and colonies
“Naipes Criollos” Gaucho playing cards, 1995.
Naipes Cardón designed by Mario Luis Rivero depicting traditional Argentine culture and identity, 2002.
Naipes “Martín Fierro” based on the epic poem by José Hernandez.
Fairy Tales published by C.W. Faulkner & Co., c.1903.
Gunfighters playing cards from the Wild West Series by SPCC, 2018.
Avventure di Pinocchio by Dal Negro, based on Carlo Collodi’s famous 1883 novel “The Adventures of Pinocchio”.
Austrian Folklore deck first published by Piatnik in 1934.
Mary Queen of Scots and other Tudor period dignitaries, published by Piatnik, 1990.
Bharata Playing Cards - Series 2, based on Indian folk art, published by Sunish Chabba, 2018.
Pinocchio card game published by Pepys Games, 1940.
Pinocchio fairy tale playing cards illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev for Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
Calavera playing cards designed by Jirs Huygen for Cartamundi, 2015
Bharata Major Arcana Tarot by Ishan Trivedi & Sunish Chabba, 2018. Inspired by Indian art forms.
Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier... card game published by Pepys Games, 1956.
“Fashion Face Off” card game illustrated by Erin Petson for Laurence King Publishing, c.2011.
French suited German engraved cards c1610 to 1650,
Far East playing cards with designs by Isabel Ibáñez de Sendadiano, c.1980.