Spanische Spielkarten "Naipes Finos" No.304, manufactured by B. Dondorf designed by the catalan artist Apel-les Mestres, Barcelona, 1902.
The designs are a meld between the standard international pattern and German-style French-suited cards. Elements from various other standard patterns can be detected.
After the Second World War, the deck continued to be produced both by the VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik as “Rokoko” and by ASS-Spielkartenfabrik, Leinfelden-Echterdingen as “Baronesse”.
“Cartes Comiques”, published by B. Dondorf, printed by chromolithography, c.1870-1888.
There have been many variations in the design of “Club Karte” including the introduction of borders, corner indices and rounded corners, and variations in the inscriptions on the Aces over the years.
The court cards in this well designed double-ended pack are realistically dressed in 16th century costumes with German suit symbols. The Kings and high ranking personnel are strict and austere.
Dondorf’s “Die Vogel-Welt” No. 351 quartet game, c.1905
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.
The four suits are associated with four countries: Clubs = Germany, Diamonds = UK, Spades = Russia and Hearts = France.
Dondorf's ‘Einköpfige Deutsche Spielkarte No.303’ (‘Single-ended German Playing Cards’) were produced during the period 1900-1930.
Dondorf's 'Four Continents' Patience, c.1910
The beautiful artwork in Dondorf's “Fruits et Légumes” quartet game reminds us of the benefits of natural food.
Each Ace shows views of two European capital cities.
A new ‘medieval look’ is intended to suggest the power and virtue of the German character.
Dondorf no.332: ‘Jeu des Fleurs’ French edition
Another of Dondorf's masterpieces of chromolithography, the detailed artwork on these cards has multiple tints and highlights giving the figures a brilliant, glossy character.
These designs imitating late medieval costumes were published by B. Dondorf in Germany in various editions between 1889-1933 as Mittelalter No.150, 151 and 135.
This pattern was published between 1889-1933, at first with no Joker, which was added in 1906 along with small indices in German or English.
Promotional playing cards printed by Dondorf for Saks & Company, New York, late 1920s.
Schweizer Trachten No.174 (Costumes Suisses) by Dondorf.
‘Tout Est Bien Qui Finit Bien’ family card game by Dondorf.
In this version an explanatory verse is printed at the top of each card.
A coat-of-arms quartet game published by B. Dondorf, c.1900
Although not historically accurate this example is subtitled “Stuart period”, with rich costumes creating associations with an imaginary period sometime before the French Revolution.
Zwarte Piet by Dondorf for the Dutch market, 1906.