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Alphonse Arnoult

Finely engraved deck by Alphonse Arnoult (Paris), c.1860. 52 cards.

Alphonse Arnoult 1860


Deck manufactured by Johann Matheus Backofen, Nürnberg c.1800.

Backofen 1800

Baraja “Neoclásica”, Madrid, 1810

Baraja “Neoclásica” engraved by José Martínez de Castro, first published by Clemente Roxas, Madrid, 1810.

Baraja “Neoclásica”, Madrid, 1810 1810

Bubble Cards, 1720

Bubble Cards - known as “All the Bubbles”, c.1720.

Bubble Cards, 1720 1720

Early German Engraved Playing-cards

During the second half of the fifteenth century, with printing technology commercially established and playing cards already a mass-produced commodity, a succession of masterly German engravers practised their art and decorative playing cards reached a zenith.

Early German Engraved Playing-cards 1480


Deck made by Johann Jobst Forster, Nürnberg, first half of 18th century in the Paris pattern.


I.M.F. Engraved Cards

Playing cards had been made as precious objects for wealthy clients since the late 14th century. They were made to look at, admire and to keep in curiosity cabinets, or perhaps to entertain ladies or educate children rather than to play with.

I.M.F. Engraved Cards 1617

Illustrated Playing Cards, c.1740

Illustrated playing cards featuring comical engravings and rhymes about saints, c.1740.

Illustrated Playing Cards, c.1740 1740

José Martínez de Castro, page 2

The most noteworthy feature of its history is that this design has since been adopted for use in Sardinia, where it is now regarded as the standard local pattern.

José Martínez de Castro, page 2 1812

Joseph Losch

French-suited pack with full-length courts by Joseph Losch, c.1800.

Joseph Losch 1800

Master PW Circular Cards

Master PW Circular Playing Cards: roses, columbines, carnations, parrots and hares... everyday objects evoking life and fertility.

Master PW Circular Cards 1500

South German Engraver

Conforming to an archaic format of 52 cards with banner 10s, female 'Sotas', horsemen and kings, the pack is of interest on account of a number of other packs with similar characteristics surviving elsewhere, suggesting an archaic variant of the Spanish-suited pack.

South German Engraver 1496

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