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48: Ferdinand Piatnik & Sons

48: Ferdinand Piatnik & Sons

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.

55 Mucha Paintings on Playing Cards 2005

55 Mucha Paintings on Playing Cards

Fully illustrated pack featuring a large selection of Mucha’s works.

Adametz, Vienna 1948

Adametz, Vienna

Cards from a 54-card "Austrian Tarock" or "Industrie und Glück Tarock" pack made by Franz Adametz of Vienna, c.1948. This type of pack originated around the middle of the 19th century and was used (and still is) in Austria and Hungary.

Arnold Schönberg 1909

Arnold Schönberg

In around 1909 he created three sets of playing cards. His inventiveness was driven by a passion for rules, order and numbers.

Art Deco Gypsy Oracle 1936

Art Deco Gypsy Oracle

Art Deco fortune telling deck published by Piatnik, 1936.

Art pack, Austria

Art pack, Austria

Renaissance portraits by Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, Hans Holbein, Barthel Beham, Christoph Amberger and many others.

Austrian Cartomancy Cards

Austrian Cartomancy Cards

During the 19th century a system of fortune telling arose in Europe using unnumbered, pictorial cards depicting popular imagery with subtitles in several languages.

Austrian Wine 1965

Austrian Wine

Skat deck for Austria’s excellent wines, Österreichischer Weinwirtschaftsfonds, c.1965

Baby Dolls 1957

Baby Dolls

Baby Dolls pin-up deck designed by Willy Mayrl, published by Piatnik, 1957.

Baroque No.2118 1928

Baroque No.2118

“Baroque” by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, reflecting a bygone era of fashion.

Bjørn Wiinblad

Bjørn Wiinblad

Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006) was a Danish painter, designer and ceramics artist.

Black Peter 1950

Black Peter

Two Black Peter games by Willy Mayrl published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne, 1950s.

Black Peter 2017

Black Peter

Black Peter card game designed by Willy Mayrl for Piatnik.

Blue Playing Cards 1960

Blue Playing Cards

“Blue Playing Cards” by Piatnik, 1960s, inspired by the Cubism art movement in which objects are analysed and reassembled in abstracted form

Bohemia Moravia 1997

Bohemia Moravia

Historical figures from Bohemia and Moravia in Piatnik’s traditional style.

Bourgeois Tarot by Piatnik 1987 1987

Bourgeois Tarot by Piatnik 1987

Piatnik’s ‘Bourgeois Tarot’ in a version published in 1987 with nice quality images, especially the double-ended trump cards.

Cashmere 1950


Bernhard Altmann is from the “The House of Cashmere” and these playing cards honour their best known commodity: the fleece of the graceful horned Cashmere goat.

CCCP playing cards 2000

CCCP playing cards

Soviet and other Communist celebrities depicted on every card, designed by Vladislav Pankevitch.

Celluloid Kasino-Poker Nr.92 1930

Celluloid Kasino-Poker Nr.92

published by Mirakel-Spielkarten in Vienna

Cocktail 1925


Aluminium playing cards manufactured by Häusermann United Chemical and Metal Engraving Co., Vienna, c.1925