Dondorf Tarot Court Cards
B. Dondorf (1833-1933), Frankfurt am Main.
The four suits are associated with four countries: Clubs = Germany, Diamonds = UK, Spades = Russia and Hearts = France. Whilst the four pictorial Aces show nationally symbolic buildings from each country, the court cards depict eminent persons. See also: The Trumps • The Four Aces.
A presentation of the main characteristics of the wood-block courts of the heart suit.
My wife and I have recently commissioned a unique pair of stained glass windows for our home.
A great many regional patterns were exported from France and subsequently copied elsewhere. Some of them became local standards in their own right.
Continuing our look at the figures from the regional patterns of France.
Modern English court style by Games & Print Services Limited, c.1997.
Nine Lives Playing Cards designed by Annette Abolins, 2016
A brief survey of some of the current variation in the standard English pattern.
A detailed presentation of the variants of De La Rue's standard cards.
Sands & McDougall Court Cards
The emphasis throughout my collecting has been on the design of the courts cards, and it should be pointed out that there have been some functional changes to cards, which have affected the traditional designs, especially in the 19th century.
In around 1775 Rowley & Co attempted to reform the traditional court cards to portraits of the kings and queens of England, France, Spain and Russia.
Published by the Hycrest Playing Card Co., New York, c.1931. The large suit symbol behind each figure enhances the visual impact of the deck, as does the splendid back design & Joker.
The Carnival Playing Card deck designed by Harry D. Wallace (1892-1977) and first published in 1925.
An initial survey of 19th century playing-card production. More detailed information appears on other pages.
Dondorf Tarot Court Cards.
The four suits are associated with four countries: Clubs = Germany, Diamonds = UK, Spades = Russia and Hearts = France.
Dondorf's “Microscopique Tarock“ was first published in c.1870. The scenes portrayed at each end of the trump cards are marvels of miniature graphic artwork and printing.
I only collect the English standard, but I thought it would be a good idea to add some different types of card from time to time.
French-suited tarot cards made by B. Dondorf, c.1870.
Games & Print Services Ltd traditional English courts.
The court cards in English packs of playing cards derive from models produced by Pierre Marechal in Rouen around 1565. A pack of such cards is preserved in the museum at Rouen.
Pippoglyph Playing Cards by Ben Crenshaw © 2004