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Tarock or Tarok

Tarock or Tarok

Tarock and Tarok are traditional card games, distinct from tarot cards used in divination. Originating in the 15th century, these games involve strategic, trick-taking gameplay and have various regional versions across Europe. Unlike modern tarot decks for cartomancy, Tarock and Tarok decks are designed for gaming, featuring a special set of trumps with outdoor scenes and Roman numerals. Trump I often depicts a musician. Our collection of articles explores their card designs and the different regional variations.

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Holmblad Animal Tarot 1835

Holmblad Animal Tarot

Instead of the old emblematic designs, the trump cards show illustrations of animals, which could possibly have symbolic meanings or moralizing interpretations.

Joseph Sürch, Engraver

Joseph Sürch, Engraver

Joseph Sürch, a prominent Viennese engraver, made significant contributions to card sheet engraving and is renowned for his work on various tarock decks.

Jugendstil Tarock 1906

Jugendstil Tarock

‘Jugendstil Tarock’ was designed by Ditha Moser and first published by Albert Berger and Josef Glanz in 1906.

Mythological and Allegorical tarot

Mythological and Allegorical tarot

Mythological and Allegorical tarot produced by Peter Paul Fetscher junior, Munich.

Mythological Tarock by Johann Herrl 1815

Mythological Tarock by Johann Herrl

French-suited Tarock deck made by Johann Herrl in Graz 1815.

Mythological tarot by Michael Schatzberger 1825

Mythological tarot by Michael Schatzberger

Mythological tarot by Michael Schatzberger, Passau, Bavaria, early 19th century.

Natural History Tarot 1810

Natural History Tarot

Natural History Tarot published by G M, Germany, early 19th C.

Oriental Scenes tarock 1880

Oriental Scenes tarock

Trumps have oriental scenes on one end of the card, and mermaids, mermen, assorted sea serpents and monsters on the other end.

Paris 2024 Olympics 2 2024

Paris 2024 Olympics 2

A standard French Tarot game pack with passing references to the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

Piatnik Tarock 1910

Piatnik Tarock

Deck of "Industrie und Glück" or "Rural Scenes" tarock cards manufactured by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne, Vienna, c.1910.

Pittner Tarok 1862

Pittner Tarok

Ferd Pittner, Tarok Cards

Soldaten Tarock 1918

Soldaten Tarock

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.

Swiss Scenic Tarock 1890

Swiss Scenic Tarock

Scenic Tarock deck produced by Fabrique de Cartes J. Müller & Cie (Schaffhouse), Suisse.

Tarocco Piemontese | Piedmontese tarot

Tarocco Piemontese | Piedmontese tarot

The double ended version of the Piedmontese Tarot evolved during the second half of the nineteenth century, most probably in Turin. It is still produced and used today.

Tarock Cards

Tarock Cards

The earliest Tarot decks originated in Italy in the fifteenth century, with Italian suit symbols. However the game was very popular elsewhere and tarots with French suit signs, usually called "tarok" or "tarock", appeared around 1750 which are now mainly produced in Austria.

Tarock Schafkopf zum Wahlkampf 1990 1990

Tarock Schafkopf zum Wahlkampf 1990

Playing cards issued to mark the German federal elections held on 2 December 1990.

Tarok c.1900 1905

Tarok c.1900

Piatnik & Söhne “Industrie und Glück” Tarok c.1905-1910.

Taroquis ‘Obelisco’ 1960

Taroquis ‘Obelisco’

78-card 'Taroquis Marca Obelisco' published by Mario Colombo, Buenos Aires, during the 1950s, 60s & 70s, in the style known as "Tarocco Piemontese" which had been developed by Italian cardmakers during the nineteenth century.

Tarot – Images du Pays Basque 2024

Tarot – Images du Pays Basque

Seventy-eight photographic images of the French Basque Country on a pack for playing the game of Tarot.

The New Game of Tarot (or Tarock) 1977

The New Game of Tarot (or Tarock)

Regional costumes and alpine flora on a French Tarot game pack marking 600 years of playing cards in Europe.