The Vienna pattern, or Wiener Bild, is a distant relative of the early Lyons pattern. The King of Hearts carries a scroll in his hand.
Österreichisches Trachten-quartett Nr.282 published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne.
Schwarzer Peter no.964 published by Josef Hohlweg, Vienna, early 20th century.
Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since...
Humorous dog-themed Black Peter game illustrated by Willy Mayrl, c.1960.
Facsimile of patriotic 1878 Tyrolean playing cards published by Piatnik in 1992.
“Goal” Fußball Spielkarten manufactured by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne Wien, c1930s.
Mary Queen of Scots and other Tudor period dignitaries, published by Piatnik, 1990.
“Cosmopolitan” № 2121 playing cards designed by Russian artist Valeri Mishin, 1996
Piatnik’s ‘Bourgeois Tarot’ in a version published in 1987 with nice quality images, especially the double-ended trump cards.
Skat deck for Austria’s excellent wines, Österreichischer Weinwirtschaftsfonds, c.1965
‘Vienna pattern’ derived from archaic Lyon pattern by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne A.G., c.1926-1934.
Piatnik’s Rococo style playing cards issued as “Rococo Patience”, “Luxus-Patience”, “Empire Patience”, “White Horse Patience”, “Patience-Whist No.140”, “Mini Patience” and “Lady Patience”
Kaiser Jubiläum Imperial playing cards made in Austria by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna
Ferd. Piatnik produced a very large range of cards with many different standard and non-standard patterns. This is a survey of his standard English output.
Transformation cards designed and engraved by Vincenz Raimund Grüner, Vienna, 1809
Designed by Cesare Asaro to simulate decks from the 1700s or earlier, the Tarot of Musterberg is based on the traditional Tarot de Marseille but with an imaginary historical background.
“Blue Playing Cards” by Piatnik, 1960s, inspired by the Cubism art movement in which objects are analysed and reassembled in abstracted form
‘Shakespeare’ playing cards by Piatnik designed by the British actor Donald Burton
“France Royale” Bridge playing cards by Willy Mayrl depict historical characters from France’s royal past.
‘Jugendstil Tarock’ was designed by Ditha Moser and first published by Albert Berger and Josef Glanz in 1906.
Historical Theatrical playing cards manufactured by J. Glanz, c.1865
“Vienna Melange” Playing Cards by Piatnik with a historical feel representing the four races that make up the cultural background of Vienna
During the 19th century a system of fortune telling arose in Europe using unnumbered, pictorial cards depicting popular imagery with subtitles in several languages.
This special pack of playing cards, published in 1908, was available at the Jubilee Exhibition held in Prague.
Aluminium playing cards manufactured by Häusermann United Chemical and Metal Engraving Co., Vienna, c.1925
Period cartoon images from the 1930s. The Kings are in fancy dress ready to party, the Queens appear ready for socialising whilst the Jacks are already on the go.
Löschenkohl produced a second copper engraved deck, the Botanical Playing Cards, in 1806. This deck, as well as the Musical Playing Cards, were produced shortly before Löschenkohl’s death.
Johann Hieronymus Löschenkohl (1753-1807) produced a copper engraved deck of playing cards titled “Das Musikalische Kartenspiel” in 1806.
Piatnik was known for their magnificent quality of chromo-lithographic printing, and this facsimile, or reprint, of “Soldaten Tarock No. 217” is virtually as magnificent as the original.
Zodiac Bridge was designed by René Marcel Rivière and printed by AGM Müller in c.1975. A different sign of the zodiac appears on the clothing of each court card figure.