The Modern Swiss-German Pattern by AGMüller, c.2000, also known as “Jass” after the name of the game played with the cards. The intention was to replace the traditional Swiss pattern with a modern design produced digitally with 3D effects, but this was not accepted by card players who tend to have conservative tastes. Indeed, the figures have lost their individuality due to the cloning process. The 10s have a large flag, or ‘banner’, rather than 10 individual suit symbols, which is inherited from 14th and 15th century cards.
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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
A miniature pack of playing cards advertising Suchard chocolate and cocoa made in the early 1900's.
This deck is named after Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu (1585-1642), a French Roman Catholic Clergyman and statesman, Chief Adviser to King Louis XIII, noted for the authoritarian measures he employed to maintain power.
Facsimile of Swiss William Tell deck from c.1870 published by Lo Scarabeo.
“Werbung die Sticht” deck with artwork by Fritz Bünzli to promote advertising on playing cards by AG Müller 1982.
Kaffeehaus-Pikett featuring the old Viennese Large Crown pattern, made by ASS.
Investors Overseas Services, Ltd. (IOS) by A. G. Müller (Schaffhausen), c.1969.
A continuation of the development of the off-spring of the Paris patterns and a few examples of how the French regional figures have inspired modern designers.
A great many regional patterns were exported from France and subsequently copied elsewhere. Some of them became local standards in their own right.
Continuing our look at the figures from the regional patterns of France.
On page 11 I illustrated several examples of the regional French patterns from Sylvia Mann's collection; this is a more in-depth look at the figures of these patterns ("portraits" in French).
Modern English court style by Games & Print Services Limited, c.1997.
Dal Negro Bridge set featuring old Vienna pattern courts.
“Carte Romane” designed by Giorgio Pessione, 1973, celebrating the history of Rome.
Sarde pattern published by Modiano, c.1975, based on early XIX century Spanish model.
The Triestine pattern is derived from the Venetian (Trevisane) pattern but with its own characteristics.
Primiera Bolognese by Modiano, c.1975
Bergamasche Pattern by Modiano, 1970s.
Facsimile edition of Swiss suited deck first published by Johannes Müller in c.1840.
Navarra Pattern by Jonas Fouquet, c.1720 and c.1820.
Navarra pattern produced for the Pamplona General Hospital Monopoly in 1682.
“Money Bag” pattern by Hermanos Solesi, late 18th c.
Alchimistenspiel - Jeu des Alchimistes designed by Elfriede Weidenhaus, 1967.
French Suited Piquet by David Vachet, Switzerland, c.1812.
Publicity pack for Brunner Möbel with graphic design by André Stehle, 1966
“Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty” (Czech Seasons playing cards) made by Obchodní Tiskárny, c.1980.
AGMüller standard English pattern for the Royal Jordanian Airline, 1980s
Antique deck of old Bohemian playing cards of the German type manufactured by Georg Kapfler and dated 1611.
Genoese pattern from Italy.
Modern Swiss-German Pattern by AGMüller, c.2000.
One end Berlin pattern the other standard English pattern
Salzburger pattern by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne, Vienna
A masterpiece in the genre of tourist souvenir decks, “La Suisse Historique” Swiss Cantons souvenir designed by Melchior Annen in c.1920.
“Cartes Françaises” and Genoese pattern by Brepols.
Brepols Dutch Pattern for Van Perlstein distillery, c.1960.
Rhineland pattern by KZWP.
The North German pattern appeared in the mid-19th century, derived from the French ‘Paris’ pattern,
Bavarian single-ended pattern by Vereinigte Altenburg-Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken A-G., c.1937
19th century Portuguese pattern, re-printed from original woodblocks.
The Krienser Fasnachts-Jass deck was designed and published by Léon Schnyder from Kriens for the 1988 Fasnacht Carnival