Old Bavarian pattern

An uncut sheet containing half of a set of 36 playing-cards of the Old Bavarian type, which has roots in the early 16th century. The cards are the twelve court cards, the four deuces, the 10 of leaves and the 7 of hearts. Several newer regional patterns, such the Bavarian, the Bohemian or Prague, the Franconian, the Salzburg and the Tyrolean patterns are derived from this. The images recall some 16th century German cards by Heinrich Hauk

Uncut sheet of German-suited playing cards in the old Bavarian pattern

Above: uncut sheet of German-suited playing cards in the old Bavarian pattern, c.1790. The back of the sheet is printed in black with a pattern of fleurs-de-lis. The monogram M.S. (Michael Schatzberger, Passau) appears on the king of hearts. Image taken from Fisher (1946) where it is incorrectly assigned to Martin Schongauer.


British Museum online: 1896,0501.1125

Fisher, Margaret Sargent: The Devil's Picture Books, The Yale University Library Gazette, Vol. 20, No. 3 (January 1946), pp. 41-47

I.P.C.S. Pattern Sheet 53

Last Updated March 19, 2017 at 03:33pm


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