Holmblad's designs gradually evolved away from the traditional French patterns into a Danish ‘House Pattern’. As copper plates wore out, or new lithographic printing processes were introduced, original and distinctive features appear in the re-drawn playing cards. The J♠ has a lowered head and his shield has one Danish lion showing. The Queens are wearing fashionable outfits from the time
Kaffeehaus-Pikett featuring the old Viennese Large Crown pattern, made by ASS.
A continuation of the development of the off-spring of the Paris patterns and a few examples of how the French regional figures have inspired modern designers.
A great many regional patterns were exported from France and subsequently copied elsewhere. Some of them became local standards in their own right.
Continuing our look at the figures from the regional patterns of France.
On page 11 I illustrated several examples of the regional French patterns from Sylvia Mann's collection; this is a more in-depth look at the figures of these patterns ("portraits" in French).
Modern English court style by Games & Print Services Limited, c.1997.
Dal Negro Bridge set featuring old Vienna pattern courts.
“Carte Romane” designed by Giorgio Pessione, 1973, celebrating the history of Rome.
Sarde pattern published by Modiano, c.1975, based on early XIX century Spanish model.
The Triestine pattern is derived from the Venetian (Trevisane) pattern but with its own characteristics.
Primiera Bolognese by Modiano, c.1975
Bergamasche Pattern by Modiano, 1970s.
Navarra Pattern by Jonas Fouquet, c.1720 and c.1820.
Navarra pattern produced for the Pamplona General Hospital Monopoly in 1682.
“Money Bag” pattern by Hermanos Solesi, late 18th c.
“Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty” (Czech Seasons playing cards) made by Obchodní Tiskárny, c.1980.
AGMüller standard English pattern for the Royal Jordanian Airline, 1980s
Antique deck of old Bohemian playing cards of the German type manufactured by Georg Kapfler and dated 1611.
Genoese pattern from Italy.
Modern Swiss-German Pattern by AGMüller, c.2000.
One end Berlin pattern the other standard English pattern
Salzburger pattern by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne, Vienna
“Cartes Françaises” and Genoese pattern by Brepols.
Brepols Dutch Pattern for Van Perlstein distillery, c.1960.
Rhineland pattern by KZWP.
The North German pattern appeared in the mid-19th century, derived from the French ‘Paris’ pattern,
Bavarian single-ended pattern by Vereinigte Altenburg-Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken A-G., c.1937
19th century Portuguese pattern, re-printed from original woodblocks.
Uncut sheet of playing cards of the Old Bavarian pattern by Michael Schatzberger, Passau, 1780
The German Saxon Pattern or “Schwerdter Karte”.
The Bohemian Pattern, sometimes called the Prager Pattern, has roots in the 16th century.
The 'Provence' pattern contains figures which go back to the fifteenth century.
L. P. Holmblad's house pattern used from c.1840. The K♠ carries a harp as in the traditional French-type cards; but the J♠ is sleeping with his arms folded and his shield resting behind him.
Spanish playing cards such as these were used in those parts of France where certain games were enjoyed, such as Aluette.
The centuries-long tradition of English court cards was subject to misinterpretation and in some cases a desire for individuality. Here are some examples of breaks with that tradition.
This pattern was used in various parts of eastern France but was ultimately replaced by the official ‘Paris’ pattern in c.1780.
32 cards Hungarian "Seasons" pattern, with Argentinean tax stamp and trade mark of six-pointed star on 7 of bells, c.1955-60.
‘La Española 2000’ is a digitally re-drawn version of the original classic ‘La Española’ Spanish-suited pack and is produced in several sizes (standard, round, small and pocket).
Piacentine Pattern, double-ended version made by Modiano, Trieste