This 36 card pack (no Jokers) was published in 2003 by the Dolls Gallery founded by St. Petersburg artist Varvara Skripkina. The court cards (all named) portray dolls or puppets from the Gallery, while the Ace of each suit portrays a Vladimir Putin doll in different clothing according to the season: winter (Clubs): Putin going skiing • spring (Spades): Putin the farmer with a shovel • summer (Hearts): Putin going fishing • autumn (Diamonds): Putin going to collect mushrooms.
Varvara Skripkina’s Gallery of Dolls is described as follows: “One of the biggest doll galleries in Europe. Over 300 works by 60 masters are exhibited here. Dolls that are exposed in the gallery represent the times when everyone perceived dolls as luxury items. Every exhibit is unique with its history and unusual name. Some of the dolls can be purchased. For the gallery’s anniversary theme exhibitions and celebrations are held.” Visit: “Doll Gallery” of Varvara Skripkina►
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An avid playing card collector since the early 1970s. While the bulk of my collection originates from the UK, Western Europe and the USA, I have always had a “soft spot” for Russian packs - in part because I studied Russian at both school and University in the 1960s, and also because it was in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest.
Dolls Gallery / Galereia kukol : karty igral’nye / published by Varvara Skripkina, 2003.
Treasures of the Russian Museum / Russkii Muzei : suvenirnye igral’nye karty.
Rossiia / Municipal Coats-of-Arms of Russian Federation.
The first nested doll set was carved in 1890.
Palekh and Kholui lacquer miniatures.
Playing cards in Russian life - Karty v zhizni Rossii - published by Aleksandr Lutkovskii in 2004.
Spot the Difference playing cards published in "Razvlekatel’naia Gazetka" newspaper, 1998-1999.
Samye malen’kie v mire igral’nye karty / The world’s smallest playing cards
Hunting playing cards / “Okhotnich’i karty” with illustrations by the court artist Mihály Zichy.
Russian Emperors playing cards / “Rossiiskie imperatory karty igral’nye” produced and illustrated by Aleksei Orleanskii, 2006.
Russian Beer playing cards / “Russkoe pivo karty igral’nye” produced in 2006
Dead Souls, or “Mertvye dushi igral’nye karty” produced in 2006 by Aleksei Orleanskii.
“Renaissance” playing card designs by A I Charlemagne, 1862.
The Four Worlds playing cards by artist Aleksey Zhiryakov in the stylistic traditions of Palekh, 2018.
“Cosmopolitan” № 2121 playing cards designed by Russian artist Valeri Mishin, 1996
Miner’s Cards for the Czech company Rutek Alliance, 2012.
“Eastern” playing cards dedicated to ethnic Buryat culture, 2015
In 1943 a pack of ‘anti-fascist’ playing cards was designed by Vasiliy Andrianovich Vlasov mocking the rulers of Germany and the Axis powers.
St Petersburg Souvenir playing cards, 2004
Russia Souvenir Playing Cards published by The Bronze Horseman, c.2004.
A deck designed by Victor M. Sveshnikov dedicated to the Neva river and the city of Saint Petersburg.
“Peterhof” deck manufactured at the Leningrad Colour Printing Plant in 1999.
Back to the USSR deck featuring communist party leaders and politicians, c.1995
‘Glorious Russia’ playing cards made in France by Grimaud, c.1995
‘Trans-Siberian Express’ playing cards designed by Veronika Nicolaeva, Az-Art Publishing House, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2015.
Playing cards depicting imagined residents of St. Petersburg with illustrations by Alexei Bobrinsky.
East Slavonic Mythology designed by Aleksey Orleansky (1994) featuring creatures from the watery underworld.
In the style of religious icon paintings, these court card figures wear costumes reminiscent of the mid-17th century.
“Cossack” playing cards, with artwork by O. Panchenko dedicated to the revival of the traditions of the Cossacks. Printed by the Colour Printing Plant, St Petersburg, 1994.
Russian “Historical” playing cards with designs by Nikolay Karazin, 1897
Russian Opera & Theatre Scenes playing cards first published by the Colour Printing Plant (USSR, Russian Federation) in 1973
“Maya” playing cards designed by Russian artist V. M. Sveshnikov and first published by The Colour Printing Plant, St Petersburg, in 1975.
“White Palekh” was first published by the The Colour Printing Plant in St. Petersburg in 1982 with designs by Pavel Bazhenov.
Originally published as “Slavonic Cards No.501” by The Colour Printing Plant, St. Petersburg, in the 1920s
“Seasons” playing cards published by The Colour Printing Plant in St Petersburg in 1971, designed by U. P. Ivanov
Russian style “Slavic Costumes” playing cards first published in 1911
Playing cards showing the influence of ‘Jugendstil’ manufactured by the Soviet Playing Card Monopoly (U.S.S.R.) 1930
Russian “Historical extra fine No.204” Playing Cards depicting Ancient Dynasties, 1920s.
Inspired by freezing tribal images of northern winter, this deck is called to show you all its mystic and dangerous beauty.
“La Traviata” playing cards designed by Erté, c.1985.