Piquet playing-cards made by J. Müller, Diessenhofen, c.1850-60. The full-length court cards are following the French portrait officiel style. Around this time Müller had upgraded his printing machinery and we can appreciate the results here.
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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.
Dubois card makers from Liège in the Walloon Region of Belgium.
Facsimile of Swiss William Tell deck from c.1870 published by Lo Scarabeo.
A facsimile of an early 19th century French-suited deck from the collection of F.X. Schmid.
“Werbung die Sticht” deck with artwork by Fritz Bünzli to promote advertising on playing cards by AG Müller 1982.
Investors Overseas Services, Ltd. (IOS) by A. G. Müller (Schaffhausen), c.1969.
Facsimile edition of Swiss suited deck first published by Johannes Müller in c.1840.
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
AGMüller standard English pattern for the Royal Jordanian Airline, 1980s
I. Schenck, Nuremberg, late XVIIIth century
Modern Swiss-German Pattern by AGMüller, c.2000.
A masterpiece in the genre of tourist souvenir decks, “La Suisse Historique” Swiss Cantons souvenir designed by Melchior Annen in c.1920.
Éditions Willeb Cartes à Jouer Piquet - Belote - Manille Laquées 502
The Krienser Fasnachts-Jass deck was designed and published by Léon Schnyder from Kriens for the 1988 Fasnacht Carnival
‘Monic’ brand playing cards, c.1930s
Single-figure provincial Paris pattern cards with traditional names on the courts manufactured in Copenhagen by P. Steinmann, c.1820.
Each court figure is richly decorated and holding something different: a letter, a wreath, a quill pen, a mace, a bird, a flower, a cushion, a goblet, a flute, etc.
Standard woodblock and stencil deck produced by Jacob Holmblad with double-ended court cards in the tradition of the French ‘Paris’ pattern. The A♥ features a red over-stamp referring to Jacob Holmblad's royal license to print playing-cards which had been granted in 1820.
The lower and upper knaves are depicted in a vibrant and lively manner, while the enthroned kings are more ponderous. The traditional Swiss Shield court cards also have beer tankards with a barrel on the Deuce.
Egbert Moehsnang produced this contemporary Swiss-suited, double-ended pack, based on original XV century sources, with highly legible indices and colour scheme, but they were simply shunned by card players and the idea wasn't successful.
“Casino” pack made by J. Müller & Cie & Cie, Schaffhouse. The pack was probably designed by Josef Maria Melchior Annen (1868-1954) who also designed several other packs for Müller & Cie.
Designed by Josef Maria Melchior Annen (1868-1954) who also designed several other packs for Müller & Cie.
The suit signs and indices are clear and easily recognisable, and each suit has a different predominant colour. The juxtaposition of traditional craft techniques with abstract modern design could be seen as postmodern.
Zodiac Bridge was designed by René Marcel Rivière and printed by AGM Müller in c.1975. A different sign of the zodiac appears on the clothing of each court card figure.
The Basler Fasnachts deck is designed each year by a different local artist.
Deck made by Johann Jobst Forster, Nürnberg, first half of 18th century in the Paris pattern.
Deck manufactured by Johann Matheus Backofen, Nürnberg c.1800.
Swiss Album patience cards manufactured by C. L. Wüst (Frankfurt), c.1900, with a different landscape on the reverse of each card. The court cards depict costumed figures along with shields from the cantons.
Richard Wagner playing cards designed by Melchior Annen.
Playing cards inspired by stained glass, designed by Gertrude Kümpel, 1989.
The Paris pattern was established as such around the middle of the seventeenth century (based, perhaps, on the cards of Hector of Troyes).
Some of the oldest cards still in existence come from France.
Traditional Spanish Cadiz-style pack manufactured by Müller & Cie, Schaffhausen, 1952.
'Humanist' pack made by J. Müller & Cie (Schaffhouse), originally named 'Troubador'. The pack was designed by Melchior Annen (1868-1954) who also designed several other packs for Müller & Cie.
The Swiss national suit system of shields, acorns, hawk bells and flowers emerged sometime during the XV century
This Swiss Regional Costume pack can be seen as an early form of tourist souvenir which subsequently developed into the photographic souvenir pack.
French-suited playing-cards in the Paris pattern appeared in Switzerland around the end of the sixteenth century, when many Lyonnais cardmakers were driven away by heavy taxes.