There is something intrinsically pleasing about these non-standard designs by Giorgio Tavaglione. The double-ended courts are in medieval costume, yet they retain many recognisable attributes (flowers, feathers, pikes, staffs, etc.) found in Anglo-American packs. Even the King of Hearts holds up a sword which runs behind, rather than through, his head. The maker’s name and the date are on the Ace of Spades. The reversible back design is equally attractive. Tavaglione has designed other packs which are listed below.
Fournier Museum Catalogue, Vol. 3, Switzerland 193/4.
Other packs by the same artist:
- I Tarocchi delle Stelle
- L’Oracolo della Sibilla
- Stairs of Gold Tarot
This is another of my all-time favourite modern packs, probably because it is colourful, non-standard and yet not difficult to play with. It always sold well in my shop to card players looking for something just that little bit different. Unfortunately, I don't have any single boxes - they were rather nondescript and basically either maroon or dark blue. David Westnedge also sold them in double boxes but these were his standard (generic) double boxes. RS
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Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
Advertising pack for the food producer Bischofszell, designed by Heinz Looser-Brenner, with non-stan...
Advertising pack for Scheffmacher, master painters in Schaffhausen, with comic designs by Fritz Bünz...
Fine reproduction of a Fribourg pattern pack, originally by Jean-Jacques Burdel.
Finely executed late 19th century pack from the USA featuring courts in medieval costume.
Scenic Tarock deck produced by Fabrique de Cartes J. Müller & Cie (Schaffhouse), Suisse.
‘Medium Aevum’ (Medieval Life) playing cards designed by Violeta Monreal, published by Heraclio Four...
Traditional carnival figures from the Swiss canton Schwyz, as interpreted by the artist Léon Schnyde...
Comic celebration of 700 years of the Swiss Confederation, 1291-1991, with designs by Roland Gazzott...
20th century version of a single-ended Swiss-German pattern pack for the game of Jass.
Unusual example of a double-ended Genevan Dauphiné pattern pack from c1910.
Characters from the annual festival held to commemorate the failed attempt to storm Geneva in 1602. ...
Colourful advertising pack for Ilford designed by Mario Grasso, based on standard English courts.
Large index broad size cards by AGMüller using a special red ink suitable for casinos.
A colourful 1970s take on the major arcana designed by Peter Geitner, with titles in German.
Courts in medieval costume holding both French and Italian/Spanish suit-signs.
Promotional pack created for Van Cleef & Arpels’ boutique in Geneva, Switzerland.
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),...
Gambling and Vice in the Hours of Charles V: card-playing in the local tavern
“Werbung die Sticht” deck with artwork by Fritz Bünzli to promote advertising on playing cards by AG...
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.
“Romance Español” designed by Carlos Sáenz de Tejada and published by Heraclio Fournier in various e...
“Europe” designed by Teodoro N. Miciano and printed by Heraclio Fournier in 1962, portraying XIV cen...