Dondorf: ‘Kinder-Karte’ ~ Patience No.25
Dondorf first published these miniature Patience cards in c.1870, in which children are disguised as Kings, Queens and Jacks. The Kings' crowns are slightly over-sized for their heads and the boys are wearing false beards and moustaches. The children on the Queens and Jacks have large, clear eyes and round cheeks with dimples. Holding flowers, pets or dolls, they evoke a charming children's world. However, the cards were probably destined for an adult market too.
See also: Piatnik Rococco Mini-Patience • Dondorf Spanish Pack • Dondorf Four Continents, c.1870 • Dondorf Tarot Microscopique, c.1870 • Dondorf Whist No.192 / Shakespeare-Spielkarte • Dondorf Whist No.151 / Portuguese German-style deck • Dondorf Lenormand Cards for H.P. Gibson, London • Dondorf Poker No.140 • Dondorf English pack • Dondorf patience book