This extraordinary ‘Parisian Actors and Opera Singers’ deck was printed by Avril et Cie, Paris, in around 1865. The photographs were taken by the famous French lithographer and photographer Adolphe Bilordeaux (1807-1872) who pioneered the use of salt print technique on waxed paper. Gouache was added to the cards to highlight the suit symbols as colour photography was not then possible. A similar set can also be seen on the Bibliothèque Nationale de France website here►
Stanislas-Désiré Avril produced a series of fashionable costume packs, including designs inherited from O. Gibert and other Parisian card makers, and was active 1862-1868.
The figures on the cards are fairly easily traceable and have been identified in Klaus-Jürgen Schultz (2011).
Page 246 from: Schultz, Klaus-Jürgen, Schauspiel Literatur Malerei Musik auf Spielkarten, Hamburg 2011. Catalogue number 41 [vol. 2].
Dutch costume playing cards made for the Dutch market in the second half of the 19th century.
The first of two decks designed by Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko for “Korchma Taras Bulba” restaurant which serves traditional Ukrainian cuisine
This deck is named after Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu (1585-1642), a French Roman Catholic Clergyman and statesman, Chief Adviser to King Louis XIII, noted for the authoritarian measures he employed to maintain power.
Schweizer Trachten No.174 (Costumes Suisses) by Dondorf.
In this newsletter we’re looking at how fashion and costume is represented through playing card art since the 14th century through to today.
Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch for Lot Polish Airlines, 1962.
‘History of fashion’ cultural quartet game designed by Erika Werner-Nestler, 1954.
Dutch costumes quartet game designed by Gerard Huijg, 1983.
Österreichisches Trachten-quartett Nr.282 published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne.
Splash Page Special party card game.
Gilbert and Sullivan deck created by Don Jack using artwork from Players cigarette cards.
Chinese Costumes from the Winterthur Collection, published by Fournier, 1984.
Bandsman Snap by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s.
Musikinstrumente quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pössneck, 1984.
Nature Quartet game published by Staatsbosbeheer, printed by Roem Speelkaarten, Kampen.
Spear’s “Fancy Dress Ball” card game with children dressed in period costumes, 1930s.
Bathing Beauties throughout the ages, published in Hungary, 1967.
“Renaissance” playing card designs by A I Charlemagne, 1862.
Matching game by Majora, Lisbon, c.1970, featuring figures in national dress from Portuguese provinces and colonies
‘Tease Me’ 1960s glamour pack.
Souvenir of Norway deck.
Musical Snap by C.W. Faulkner & Co., c.1900.
Views of New Zealand published by G.B.Scott Souvenirs, Auckland, c.1960.
Souvenir from New Zealand by Croxley (John Dickinson) c.1950.
Baraja Turística de España by Heraclio Fournier, 1966.
Mary Queen of Scots and other Tudor period dignitaries, published by Piatnik, 1990.
Bharata Playing Cards - Series 2, based on Indian folk art, published by Sunish Chabba, 2018.
‘Stars Play’ card set published by Monty Gum, Leiden, 1988.
Romania Unique Places souvenir playing cards by Age Art.
Facsimile of Dondorf’s “Musikalisches Kartenspiel” (c.1862) published by Lo Scarabeo, 2004
“Fashion Face Off” card game illustrated by Erin Petson for Laurence King Publishing, c.2011.
French suited German engraved cards c1610 to 1650,
Far East playing cards with designs by Isabel Ibáñez de Sendadiano, c.1980.
Waves From Around the World playing cards with photography by Aaron Chang.
Jeu des Provinces de France published by Éditions Dusserre, 1979.
Souvenir from Nepal marketed by Himalayan Map House
Dutch singers, TV and theatre artist playing cards for “Story” magazine, 1978.
Maldives Scenery By Bamboo Souvenirs.
“Europe” designed by Teodoro N. Miciano and printed by Heraclio Fournier in 1962, portraying XIV century European fashions.
“Dames de France” published by J-M Simon based on originals by Armand Gustave Houbigant, Paris, c.1817