B. Dondorf: ‘Rokoko-Bild No.158’
A lovely antique set of Dondorf's “Rokoko” No.158 playing cards, with beautiful court cards and floral backs. The designs have clear outlines which stand out against a tinted background. The two black Jacks carry halberds; the Jack of Clubs reads “B. Dondorf” and “Frankfort a/m”. The other two Jacks are a falconer and an archer. Although the court figures are not an accurate reflection of any historical period, this deck has been nicknamed “Rococo”. The cards are slightly small by contemporary standards, measuring 85x58mm. This pattern was published between 1889-1933, at first with no Joker, which was added in 1906 along with small indices in German or English.
See also: Piatnik Rococco Mini-Patience→
“Comtesse” by Bielefelder Spielkarten Fabrik GmbH, 1960s.
Piatnik’s Rococo style playing cards issued as “Rococo Patience”, “Luxus-Patience”, “Empire Patience”, “White Horse Patience”, “Patience-Whist No.140”, “Mini Patience” and “Lady Patience”
“Baroque” by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, reflecting a bygone era of fashion.
Miniature Patience playing cards in Rococo style published by F. X. Schmid, c.1960
Elegant “Nieuw Neerlandia” pattern designed by M.A. Koekkoek and produced by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland, c.1930s
Piatnik: Rococo No.2130 playing cards designed by Prof. Kuno Hock, c.1975
The Queens, who wear short sleeved dresses with bonnets adorned with chin straps and roses, hold a rose, a fan, a bird or a letter.
Designed by Josef Maria Melchior Annen (1868-1954) who also designed several other packs for Müller & Cie.
This pattern was published between 1889-1933, at first with no Joker, which was added in 1906 along with small indices in German or English.
After the Second World War, the deck continued to be produced both by the VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik as “Rokoko” and by ASS-Spielkartenfabrik, Leinfelden-Echterdingen as “Baronesse”.