Luxus Skatkarten

T. O. Weigel: Luxus Skatkarten, c.1880

Luxus Skatkarten was first published by the bookseller and publisher Theodor Oswald Weigel (1812-1881) in around 1880. The cards shown here are from a facsimile edition published by F. X. Schmid, Munich, in 1981. The artist is believed to have been Emil Doepler "the Younger" (1855–1922), a German Art Nouveau illustrator, decorative artist and art teacher. The artwork follows the tradition of German playing card design and conveys a vivid sense of emotion, sensuality and vitality. The four Aces depict full-length drawings and the court cards are double-ended fantasy renaissance figures.

T.O.Weigel's 'Luxus Skatkarten' (c.1880), reprinted in facsimile by F.X.Schmid, Munich, 1981

Above: reprint of T.O.Weigel's "Luxus Skatkarten" (c.1880), reprinted in facsimile by F.X.Schmid, Munich, 1981. 32 cards, no indices. It is odd that Schmid did not get the date right. They possibly confused father and son, both being artists and both having similar styles. The back design is not the original. The original backs are described as having a crown, an eagle and heraldic devices on a blue and beige field. An earlier facsimile was printed by von Wezel & Naumann, Leipzig-Reudnitz, in c.1935. Schmid produced a later facsimile, identical to this one except that indices were overlaid.

Seven of Clubs: A German named Leuben wagered that he would turn up a pack of cards in a certain order, beginning with the Seven of Clubs. It is said that he succeeded after seven years and over four million attempts - in a lunatic asylum,


All images on this page are from the collection of Rod Starling, author of "The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards".

Read about the original pack here

Last Updated May 07, 2016 at 12:04pm


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