A facsimile of an early 19th century French-suited deck from the collection of F.X. Schmid.
A further selection of European standard patterns including various redrawings.
Free reinterpretation of the traditional Paris pattern courts by the artist Claude Weisbuch.
Deck made by Johann Jobst Forster, Nürnberg, first half of 18th century in the Paris pattern.
Some of the oldest cards still in existence come from France. During the 16th and 17th centuries France was the major supplier of playing cards in Europe.
Standard woodblock and stencil deck produced by Jacob Holmblad with double-ended court cards in the tradition of the French ‘Paris’ pattern. The A♥ features a red over-stamp referring to Jacob Holmblad's royal license to print playing-cards which had been granted in 1820.
French-suited deck manufactured by Johann Matheus Backofen, Nürnberg c.1800.
Playing Cards made by J. Müller, Diessenhofen, c.1840-50 with court cards coloured differently at each end.
Single-figure provincial Paris pattern cards with traditional names on the courts manufactured in Copenhagen by P. Steinmann, c.1820.
The Paris pattern was established as such around the middle of the seventeenth century (based, perhaps, on the cards of Hector of Troyes).
Wartime edition of standard designs with fewer colours, a special back design and an overprint.
Updated courts retaining elements of a standard French pack by C. Gerentes, Lyon.
French-suited Bavarian deck by Andreas Benedict Göbl, late 18th c.
French-suited playing-cards in the Paris pattern appeared in Switzerland around the end of the sixteenth century, when many Lyonnais cardmakers were driven away by heavy taxes.