No.10 - Four Corners

Four Corners of the World, 1984

Karl Gerich was a great admirer of playing cards produced by B. Dondorf and his tenth pack was inspired by Dondorf's “Luxus-Spielkarte Vier-Erdteile(Four Continents Luxury Playing Cards) designed by Friedrich Karl Hausmann, 1870. The pack has double-ended courts showing exotically dressed figures from different parts of the world; pictorial aces and a double-ended Joker-Magician.

4 Aces from an uncut sheet of hand-made playing cards by Karl Gerich, '4 corners of the World', 1984

Above: four Aces from Karl Gerich's playing cards no.10 "Four Corners of the World", 1984. Copper engraving, hand coloured by Karl Gerich. Images courtesy Barney Townshend.

cards from an uncut sheet of hand-made playing cards by Karl Gerich, '4 corners of the World', 1984

Above: court cards from an uncut sheet of hand-made playing cards by Karl Gerich, '4 corners of the World', 1984. Cards measure 44mm x 76mm.

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