Playing Card Patterns
“Five 'o One” playing cards, a version of the Dondorf Rhineland pattern, manufactured by Universal Playing Card Co. Ltd for export to Scandinavia.
The centuries-long tradition of English court cards was subject to misinterpretation and in some cases a desire for individuality. Here are some examples of breaks with that tradition.
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.
Spanish national pattern by A. Camoin & Cie, Casablanca & Marseille
Bavarian single-ended pattern by Vereinigte Altenburg-Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken A-G., c.1937
Spanish playing cards such as these were used in those parts of France where certain games were enjoyed, such as Aluette.
The Bohemian Pattern, sometimes called the Prager Pattern, has roots in the 16th century.
Cartes Catalanes are used in a small area in the Eastern Pyrenées region of Southern France.
The Dauphiné pattern is an archaic French pattern which was manufactured in the Lyons region from the 17th century.
“Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty” (Czech Seasons playing cards) made by Obchodní Tiskárny, c.1980.
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