Promotional playing cards printed by B. Dondorf for Saks & Company, New York, late 1920s (aka “Saks Fifth Avenue”). The cards are designed in Art Deco style and represent an original artistic exercise in commercial playing card design. The suit symbols are coloured in red, black, green and orange, in the manner of “No Revoke” packs, presumably to make them easier to distinguish. In addition, each of these four colours predominates in the colour scheme for the court cards in their respective suit.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
‘National Costumes of Turkey’ tarot by Industrie Comptoir, Leipzig, c.1800-1825.
French-suited Æsop’s fables tarot produced by Leipzig Industrie Comptoir, c.1800-1825.
Pack conceived by Berthold Conradi, commemorating the 700th anniversary of the granting of town righ...
The Aquarian Tarot Deck illustrated by David Palladini, published by Morgan Press, Inc., 1970.
Dondorf Jägerkarte Nr. 465 playing cards dedicated to the theme of hunting, c.1930.
Publicity pack for the East German furniture industry, with designs by Werner-Hans Schlegel.
Complete pack of 36 hand-painted and silk-inlaid playing cards with French suits made in Germany.
Review of “Trzes’ Moorish Deck” facsimile published by Ulrich Kaltenborn, Berlin, 2023.
Promotional pack for a German steel hardening business, with designs by Costante Costantini.
Some early examples of popular German playing cards from the XV and XVI centuries.
Costumes of people of Brazil, Peru and Mexico, with views of Rio de Janeiro on the aces.
Cards on cards in celebration of playing-card collector Franz Braun’s 75th birthday.
Artist Edward Locker’s view of London life in 1799, using every card in the pack as part of the pict...
Designs by Jürgen Pankarz for the 20th anniversary of the Wolfgang Dorn advertising agency, Cologne....
Detailed pen and ink drawings of the major arcana by the German artist Helmut Wonschick.
‘Iceberg Free State 1923’ fantasy playing cards with a cautionary moral lesson, Germany, 2006.
Pack devised by Volker Scheub depicting characters associated with the city of Tübingen.
Publicity pack for the German brewery Nordbräu with Bavarian pattern courts (adapted).
Facsimile of cards attributed to Hans Schäufelein (c. 1480-1540) produced by ‘Calliope’, a New York ...
Publicity pack designed by Henning Loerzer for Busskamp & Koch, an advertising agency in Munich.
Playing cards issued to mark the German federal elections held on 2 December 1990.
Modern transformation pack including some saucy images created by Siegfried Heilmeier.
A colourful 1970s take on the major arcana designed by Peter Geitner, with titles in German.