The Curator Deck with designs by Emmanuel José made by cutting paper in various ways. The suit symbols are cleverly transformed into artistic designs, all crafted by hand using paper and scissors. The beautiful compositions, red, black & white colour scheme and minimalist styling create an elegant effect. The ace of spades features a phoenix, and many other animals, themes and subjects can be recognised throughout this excellent deck. See the Extra Card►
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Rex's main interest was in card games, because, he said, they were cheap and easy to get hold of in his early days of collecting. He is well known for his extensive knowledge of Pepys games and his book is on the bookshelves of many.
His other interest was non-standard playing cards. He also had collections of sheet music, music CDs, models of London buses, London Transport timetables and maps and other objects that intrigued him.
Rex had a chequered career at school. He was expelled twice, on one occasion for smoking! Despite this he trained as a radio engineer and worked for the BBC in the World Service.
Later he moved into sales and worked for a firm that made all kinds of packaging, a job he enjoyed until his retirement. He became an expert on boxes and would always investigate those that held his cards. He could always recognize a box made for Pepys, which were the same as those of Alf Cooke’s Universal Playing Card Company, who printed the card games. This interest changed into an ability to make and mend boxes, which he did with great dexterity. He loved this kind of handicraft work.
His dexterity of hand and eye soon led to his making card games of his own design. He spent hours and hours carefully cutting them out and colouring them by hand.
‘Aphorisms on the Kiss’ published by C. A. Solbrig, Leipzig, 1808.
Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870.
Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba, 2020.
Eroticartes with drawings by Pino Zac, 1983.
The Curator Deck with designs by Emmanuel José with suit symbols cleverly transformed into artistic designs.
Vanity Fair No.41 Playing Cards by the United States Playing Card Co, 1895. All the number cards have been imaginatively transformed.
A Motley Pack - transformation playing cards & ‘On The Cards’ book facsimile published by Sunish Chabba, 2019.
Palladin Parlour & Playing Cards by Laura Sutherland, published by Palladin Paperworks, Santa Cruz CA., 1983.
Transformation proofs from the John Nixon Scrapbook.
Transformation playing cards by William Makepeace Thackeray, 1876.
“Art for the Earth” Transformation Deck published by Andrew Jones Art for Friends of the Earth, c.1990.
Transformed playing cards featuring satirical caricatures of political figures then in the ascendant, Paris, c.1819.
Peter Wood’s “2000Pips” transformed playing cards reveal the artist’s love of nature.
The Teddy Bear pack of playing cards created by Peter Wood, 1994
“Jeu de cartes comiques” transformation cards designed by Louis Atthalin (1784-1856) and published in 1817.
“Key to the Kingdom” - an enchanted deck - illuminated playing cards designed by Tony Meeuwissen, 1992 based around traditional rhymes and verses
Cartes Recréatives is a set of Transformed playing cards designed by Armand-Gustave Houbigant (1790-1863) and first published by Terquem et May, Metz, in 1819.
“Under the Sea” transformation playing cards, published in 2005 to raise money for the Marine Stewardship Council, an environmental charity which promotes sustainable fishing practices.
Hand-drawn transformation pack dated 1874 with the name Thomas Walters on the ace of spades.
A book titled “On The Cards” or “A Motley Pack” by Garnet Walch (1843-1913) was published in Melbourne (Australia) and illustrated by George Gordon McCrae in 1875.
Transformation cards designed and engraved by Vincenz Raimund Grüner, Vienna, 1809
An early 19th century set of hand-painted transformation playing cards depicting contemporary scenes from Georgian society
Two similar but fascinatingly different hand-drawn transformation decks by the same artist, c.1875
Teddy Bear playing cards designed by Peter Wood for Lyons Quickbrew Tea.
Transformation playing cards hand-drawn on a pack manufactured by Hunt’s Playing Card Manufacturing Co Ltd c.1880
Hand-drawn transformation cards, c.1880
Transformation playing cards designed by Carl Johann Arnold (1829-1916), the court artist for King Friedrich Wilhem IV of Prussia
Pictorial playing cards published by C. Bartlett, New York, 1833.
In 1804, J.C. Cotta, a publisher and bookseller in Tübingen, Germany, produced the first set of transformation cards that was published as an actual deck of playing cards.
Pictorial trade cards were becoming popular throughout Europe so that tea, tobacco, chocolate or even beef extract were the commodities most associated with beautifully lithographed insert cards.
Charles Hodges produced engraved geographical and astronomical decks, London, c.1827-30.
Matarelli was a well known caricaturist who first illustrated Carlo Collodi's famous Pinocchio story. He was also a collaborator in the satirical magazine “Il Lampione”, founded by Collodi.
Transformation playing cards designed by the illustrator, comic artist and stage designer ‘Alfred Crowquill’ (Alfred Henry Forrester, 1804-72), printed by Reynolds & Sons, c.1850.
Ye Witches Fortune Telling Cards published by the United States Playing Card Co., 1896. 52 cards + Joker + extra card in box.
Hustling Joe himself appears on the Ace of Spaces dressed in red.
Hand-drawing ‘Transformation’ playing cards was a popular pastime 200 years ago
The design of the figures is very agile with excellent colour harmony and execution.
The English Playing Card Society's 10th Anniversary Transformation Playing Cards designed and produced by Karl Gerich, 1993.
Playing Cards by the Master of the Banderoles, one of the earliest professional printmakers, c.1470.
A series of four decks designed by John Littleboy.