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Published April 26, 2011 Updated April 09, 2024

Verkehrte-Welt-Tarock

"Verkehrte-Welt-Tarock” (reverse world ?) manufactured by Christian Theodor Sutor (fl. 1823-1854), Naumburg, around 1850.

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“Verkehrte Welt Tarock” manufactured by Christian Theodor Sutor, Naumburg, c.1850.

Verkehrte-Welt-Tarock manufactured by Christian Theodor Sutor, Naumburg, c1850

Lithography, stencil coloured, later tax stamp: Deutsches Reich No. 9, 78 cards. The first version of this deck was made by C. A. Müller in Berlin. Sutor produced a military deck “Russische Trachten und Soldatenkarte” in c.1825.

The images on Animal Tarots usually derive from fables or songs and often have a symbolic meaning, although no sayings or moral aphorisms are normally printed on the cards. In some cases the theme of the illustrations wanders and new motifs can appear. The ‘Fool’ card (third card in top row below) might be a flute or oboe player, a fiddler or a lute player. In this case he is a buffoon, whilst Trump No.1 is a monkey ‘Papageno’. The court cards are double-ended whilst the trumps have single-ended images with Roman numerals at each end.

Verkehrte-Welt-Tarock manufactured by Christian Theodor Sutor, Naumburg, c1850

Above: cards from "Verkehrte-Welt-Tarock” (reverse world ?) manufactured by Christian Theodor Sutor (fl. 1823-1854), Naumburg, around 1850. Later tax stamp: Deutsches Reich No. 9.


An earlier edition of "Verkehrte Welt" was published by C. A. Müller in Berlin, c.1840. The trumps feature scenes involving animals occupying different positions, roles and performing human tasks that justify its title of “world turned upside down”.

fantasy Tarot Deck known as “Verkehrte Welt” published by C. A. Müller in Berlin, c.1840

Above: fantasy tarot deck known as "Verkehrte Welt" published by C. A. Müller in Berlin, c.1840. 78 cards, stencil coloured etching; 10,5 x 5.3 cm. The tax stamp on the Ace of Hearts reads : “Berlin // Acht S. Gr.” The backs have a trefoil and wavy lines design dotted in blue. Source gallica.bnf.fr / Bibliothèque nationale de France • “Verkehrte Welt” tarot published by C. A. Müller, Berlin, c.1840

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From the collection of Klaus-Jürgen Schultz (https://spielkarten-sammlung.de).


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