This early 19th century double-ended tarot pack produced by Peter Paul Fetscher junior has intricate and detailed designs of mythological and emblematical subjects at each end of the trump cards, surrounded by decorative borders. These amount to about 40 miniature illustrations of various myths, legends or imaginary scenes. The unnumbered fool card shows a musician. On trump card II are tablets with "Peter Paul Fetscher junior Kurfurst Privil: Karten-Fabricant, München in der Sendlinger Gasse Nro. 39".
Tarots with French suit signs (hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades), usually called “Tarok” or “Tarock”, appeared around 1750. While animal tarots were popular, several other varieties evolved over time including natural history, oriental scenes, naval or miltary tarots, Æsop’s Fables tarot, Bourgeois tarot, costume tarots and so on.
The court cards
The 16 court cards are also double-ended, but carry no inscriptions or heraldic motifs. Each card has the same decorative border.
O’Donoghue, Freeman M: Catalogue of the collection of playing cards bequeathed by Lady Charlotte Schreiber, (German 136), Trustees of the British Museum, London, 1901
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