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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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S. D. Modiano

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Sapra Studio Original

Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa, 1999.

Sapra Studio Original

Sarde Pattern

Sarde pattern published by Modiano, c.1975, based on early XIX century Spanish model.

Sarde Pattern

Triestine Pattern

The Triestine pattern is derived from the Venetian (Trevisane) pattern but with its own characteristics.

Triestine Pattern

Primiera Bolognese

Primiera Bolognese by Modiano, c.1975

Primiera Bolognese

Bergamasche Pattern

Bergamasche Pattern by Modiano, 1970s.

Bergamasche Pattern

Il Destino Svelato Dal Tarocco

The Cagliostro Tarot was first published in 1912 as “Il Destino Svelato Dal Tarocco”.

Il Destino Svelato Dal Tarocco

World Bridge

‘World Bridge’ produced by Modiano in Trieste, Italy, since around 1950.

World Bridge

Club Bridge

Modiano’s ‘Club Bridge’ is a new edition of a stylish deck originally published in c.1895.

Club Bridge

Modiano Patience

Patience cards published by Modiano, c.1945.

Modiano Patience

Austrian Lloyd Steamship Company

Possibly one of the most beautiful decks produced for commercial purposes, this was printed by Modiano for the Austrian Lloyd Steamship Company of Trieste in c.1895

Austrian Lloyd Steamship Company

Piacentine Pattern

Piacentine Pattern, double-ended version made by Modiano, Trieste

Piacentine Pattern

Piedmont Pattern

The Piedmont pattern is a very close relative to the French 'Paris' pattern. The courts are not named, however, and are divided horizontally (rather than diagonally).

Piedmont Pattern

Lombardy (or Milanesi) pattern

The origins of the Lombardy pattern probably lie in the early 19th century when it was a full-length design. It has some affinities with the French Provence and Lyons patterns which are now obsolete.

Lombardy (or Milanesi) pattern

Trevisane pattern

The double-ended version of the ‘Trevisane’ pattern originated in the early 19th century.

Trevisane pattern

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.

Tarocco Piemontese | Piedmontese tarot

Brescia pattern

The Brescia pattern contains elements which come from a past age.

Brescia pattern

Sicilian Pattern

The Sicilian pack has a similar composition to the Neapolitan pack, and is small and squat in appearance.

Sicilian Pattern