A facsimile of an early 19th century French-suited deck from the collection of F.X. Schmid.
This pack of cards by Rose & Pentagram is said to be based off Pierre Marechal, Rouen pack from the 1600s, but they are actually copies of drawings by Gurney Benham from his book Playing Cards: Their History and Secrets from 1930.
‘Jeu de Cartes 1900’ designed by Marie Christine Schira in the Art Nouveau or Jugendstil style, 1979.
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).
Continuing our look at the figures from the regional patterns of France.
A great many regional patterns were exported from France and subsequently copied elsewhere. Some of them became local standards in their own right.
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.
This deck was inherited from ancestors, it has has a family history surrounding it. Details of the lives of previous owners make it all so fascinating.
Spanish national pattern by A. Camoin & Cie, Casablanca & Marseille
Luxurious Spanish-suited pack made by Alphonse Arnoult, Paris, France, c.1850.
Banco playing cards for Air France manufactured by Draeger Frères, c.1952.
Special deck made for La Banque Nationale de Paris by Van Genechten, Turnhout, c.1962.
Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989.
Benedicte Morand-Bail’s striking and colourful abstract poker deck with French named courts
Spanish playing cards such as these were used in those parts of France where certain games were enjoyed, such as Aluette.
Boulogne-sur-Mer Chamber of Commerce & Industry playing cards illustrated by James Hodges, c.1974.
Unique pack of playing cards created for the British Museum with illustrations by Frances Button.