Antoon (Antoine) Van Genechten started printing playing cards some time between 1837 and 1841 in partnership with Jacques-Edouard Glénisson. This partnership was dissolved in 1855 and Glénisson continued a separate card-making business until 1899. Van Genechten, on the other hand, continued into the twentieth century and was one of the component parts of Carta Mundi. A prolific card-maker, he has left behind many examples of his work. In addition to the traditional Turnhout version of the English single-figure courts (based on De La Rue's D3) he produced a most unusual version, which I illustrated on page 19 of this blog.
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The double-ended version was considerably redrawn in the style of many continental designs with human faces. (See also Brepols' version of the design on page 21.)
Note that the AS of this era is a close copy of Old Frizzle printed in blue; people sometimes think this is a rare version of the English duty ace. IT ISN'T!
He also used a different version of the single-ended courts based on De La Rue's D3, with a double-ended version, too.
He even produced a turned version of the single-ended courts, which I've never seen done by any other maker.
And he used Reynolds' single-figure courts (R1) and made a double-ended version of these. Note that, as was quite common in Europe at the time, double-ended courts are made from single-ended courts cut in half with the head half printed both ends. (For a full pack using these double-ended courts, see page 53.)
This is quite an extraordinary range of designs to have available all at the same time. Slightly later his version of De La Rue's D4.1, shown above with fancy decorative additions, was used in a lot of cheaper packs as well, and he did a triplicate version, too.
He also turned six of the courts of this design and produced packs with or without four indices, with or without round corners.
Much later, in the 1930s, he was using a copy of De La Rue's last design (D9), which had been discontinued in England in the late 1920s.
In the 1930s Van Genechten was also making a lot of cards for India, as mentioned previously, and he used a completely turned version of De La Rue/Goodall's GD10 on very thick card. [See also page 22.]
Finally, right up until the 1960s, he used a version of USPCC's US5 with turned courts to put all the pips on the left, which meant a turned QH and a normal-facing JS.
For other Belgian makers, see pages 18, 21 & 23. For some of the non-standard packs produced by Van Genechten, see the wopc website
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A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
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French-suited Bavarian Animal Tarot by J B Dubois, Liège, Belgium, late 18th C.
Early 19th century Animal Tarot pack produced by J T Dubois, Liège, Belgium.
Psychedelic designs promoting Louis De Poortere, a company selling carpets and rugs.
Four Corners of the World fantasy playing cards by Daveluy, Bruges, Belgium, 1875-1880.
Commedia dell’Carte political transformation cards illustrated by Stef van Stiphout, Belgium, 1977. ...
Original designs depicting leaders and allegories from Russia, France, Great Britain and Belgium.
Two souvenir packs with different court cards made by Glénisson for the Isle of Man, c.1880.
Cartoon-style illustrations promoting a Belgian organisation for scouts and guides.
Playing cards for gender equality, created on the 500th anniversary of classic French cards
Another pack of Dutch costume playing cards c.1880.
Dutch costume playing cards made for the Dutch market in the second half of the 19th century.
Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975.
Promotional deck designed by Ray Goossens for the Boerenbond farmers’ union, c.1968.