Zodiac Bridge was designed by Austrian painter, sculptor and graphic artist René Marcel Rivière (b.1950- ) and printed by AGM Müller in c.1975. The figures are dramatic, intense and surreal with depth of detail: a sort of fantastic realism. A different sign of the zodiac appears on the clothing of each court card, reflecting the artist's interest in metaphysical themes and human destiny. René Marcel Rivière also designed an erotic tarot deck and has exhibited his paintings in Austria, the US and Germany.
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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.
Sirocco, nautical themed playing cards by Riffle Shuffle Playing Card Co. and designed by Nathan Oser, 2020.
A miniature pack of playing cards advertising Suchard chocolate and cocoa made in the early 1900's.
Two Black Peter games by Willy Mayrl published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne, 1950s.
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.
Österreichisches Trachten-quartett Nr.282 published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne.
Schwarzer Peter no.964 published by Josef Hohlweg, Vienna, early 20th century.
Facsimile of Swiss William Tell deck from c.1870 published by Lo Scarabeo.
Black Peter card game designed by Willy Mayrl for Piatnik.
“Werbung die Sticht” deck with artwork by Fritz Bünzli to promote advertising on playing cards by AG Müller 1982.
Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since...
Gulliver’s Travels card game no.293 published by Piatnik, c.1950.
Baby Dolls pin-up deck designed by Willy Mayrl, published by Piatnik, 1957.
Investors Overseas Services, Ltd. (IOS) by A. G. Müller (Schaffhausen), c.1969.
Facsimile of ‘Wilhelm Tell’ Hungarian deck by Salamon Antal, Keczkemét, 1860.
Humorous dog-themed Black Peter game illustrated by Willy Mayrl, c.1960.
Gods of Egypt playing cards dedicated to the culture of Ancient Egypt.
Age of Dragons by Anne Stokes, 2017.
Facsimile of patriotic 1878 Tyrolean playing cards published by Piatnik in 1992.
Pantheon or Heathen Mythology cards for instruction of youth, c.1770.
Les Grandes Figures de L’Histoire Bretonne
Kalevala playing cards by Sunish Chabba and Ishan Trivedi inspired by ancient Finnish mythology.
Notgeld - Emergency Money - was in rare cases issued on playing cards.
Austrian Folklore deck first published by Piatnik in 1934.
“Goal” Fußball Spielkarten manufactured by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne Wien, c1930s.
Mary Queen of Scots and other Tudor period dignitaries, published by Piatnik, 1990.
“Carte Romane” designed by Giorgio Pessione, 1973, celebrating the history of Rome.
“Cosmopolitan” № 2121 playing cards designed by Russian artist Valeri Mishin, 1996
Greek Mythology playing cards published by Michalis Toubis S.A., 1995.
Facsimile edition of Swiss suited deck first published by Johannes Müller in c.1840.
Piatnik’s ‘Bourgeois Tarot’ in a version published in 1987 with nice quality images, especially the double-ended trump cards.
Non-standard French-suited cards published by Ferd Piatnik & Sõhne, Vienna, c.1940s.
Skat deck for Austria’s excellent wines, Österreichischer Weinwirtschaftsfonds, c.1965
Alchimistenspiel - Jeu des Alchimistes designed by Elfriede Weidenhaus, 1967.
French Suited Piquet by David Vachet, Switzerland, c.1812.
“Baraja Mitológica” was first published in Madrid in c.1815 by Josef Monjardín from engravings by José Martínez de Castro.
“Antike Götter” - facsimile of antique playing cards originally manufactured by C. A. Müller, Berlin, 1830.
Publicity pack for Brunner Möbel with graphic design by André Stehle, 1966
“Classic” playing cards designed by Paul Mathison inspired by classical mythology, 1959.
AGMüller standard English pattern for the Royal Jordanian Airline, 1980s
Divine Art Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba & Guru Playing Card Company, 2016.