Animal Tarok by Jean Friedrich Mayer (1752-1783)

Danish ‘Tarok’ cards by Jean Friedrich Mayer

Danish ‘Tarok’ cards by Jean Friedrich Mayer   (1752-1783)

This Animal Tarok pack with French suit marks was made by the printer Jean Friedrich Mayer of Copenhagen, who had been granted a royal privilege to print playing-cards in Denmark from 1752-1783. It is one of the earliest surviving packs known to have been made in Denmark. Mayer's animal tarok images came from the same tradition as several other animal tarock decks which were circulating in Germany and Belgium around the mid-18th century. As Mayer is assumed to be an immigrant card maker, he may have brought the woodblocks with him from abroad.

Jean Friedrich Mayer (1752-1783)

Above: cards from facsimile edition of pack preserved in the National-museum in Copenhagen. 78 cards. Reproduction by Hagen & Sørensen, Odense, 1978. Distribution by Editions Ouroboros, Roskilde.


Jensen, K. Frank: French suited tarot packs in Denmark and the Jacob Holmblad Animal tarot, in "The Playing-Card" Vol.36 No.3, Apr-June 2008.   [download here].

Last Updated May 15, 2019 at 05:21pm


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