FRANCE - NON STANDARD CARDS - Carta Mundi, Turnhout, for Editions Face&Dos, Paris.




350232 Carta Mundi, Turnhout, for Editions Face&Dos, Paris. Pin-Up. Design: Hubert de Lartigue (born in 1963). 52 + JJ + EC, complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, silvered edge, 4 English I. Backs: Long-legged young woman with pumps shows us her bottom, red. 2003.
All cards are illustrated with peppy drawings of extrovert young women in the best pin-up style. Numbered edition of 3000 decks.
OBox and OCase, descriptive folder, mint.




ITALY - NON STANDARD TAROT CARDS - Lo Scarabeo, Torino.




200625 Lo Scarabeo, Torino. Bruegel Tarot. Design: Guido Zibordi Marchesi (editor: Pietro Alligo). 78 + title card + EC, complete. Offset, 120x66 mm, rc, Backs: Dancing couple, grey. 2004.
Accomplished pictures that interpret in a sensitive way the paintings of Peter Bruegel the Older. Each card illustrates a popular saying or a well-known allegory. The suits are dedicated to the seasons: swords = spring, batons = summer, coins = autumn and cups = winter. A true success.
OCase, multilingual booklet (64 pp., English, Italian, Spanish, French, German), mint.




AUSTRIA - HAPPY FAMILIES - Wiener Werkstätte, Vienna.




320513 Wiener Werkstätte, Vienna. Trachten Quartett (Game of Costumes). Design: Anny Schröder (1898-1972). 12 x 4 cards, complete. Color lith., 120x77 mm, square corners. Backs: Plaid, olive-green, red and blue. Maker's name (WW) on all cards. 1918.
Lit.: Schweiger, Wiener Werkstätte. Kunst und Handwerk 1903-1932, p. 99 (Abb.)
The families are marked by frames in various colors. They display traditional costumes from different German regions: Hamburg, Hanover, Prussia, Bavaria, Bohemia, Switzerland, Tyrol... Fine and charming scenes. The artist has signed the deck on the wrapper and on Prussia I.
Damaged ill. OWrapper, rules, slightly worn.




RUSSIA - TAROT - Tos, Saratov.




200657 Tos, Saratov. Love Tarot. The mysteries of Avalon. Design: Josefa Vilolia. 22, complete. Offset, 85x55 mm, rc, Backs: In an oval: decorative design in shades of blue. 2005.
Lit.: Lutkovskiy 8.14.
Lavish illustrations in a futurist-medieval style.
OCase, folded sheet of instructions, mint.




GERMANY - NON STANDARD CARDS - Bielefeld Playing Cards, Ltd., Bielefeld.



340092 Bielefeld Playing Cards, Ltd., Bielefeld. Darling Playing Cards. Design: Heinz Villiger. 32, complete. Offset, 91x60 mm, rc, Backs: Ad, white on blue background, of the cardiac stimulant tonolift (see Braun/Bielefeld, color plate). Logo on AH & 10H. c1970.
Lit.: Braun/Bielefeld BI 1953/3 var. 2; Braun 1377; Pikante Blätter pp. 76-77; Eroticism I 10.6; Segeth [1986] 228.
The motifs of AH and AC have been interchanged, the company's logo (Braun/Bielefeld No. 4) replaces the suit-sign on the new AH: this variant is not recorded in Braun/Bielefeld.
Almost mint.




LUXEMBOURG - NON STANDARD CARDS - Mudam Playing Cards, Luxembourg (printed by France Cartes).




200641 Mudam Playing Cards, Luxembourg (printed by France Cartes). Be The Artists' Guest: Paul Kirps. Design: Paul Kirps. 52 + JJJ, complete. Offset, 84x55 mm, rc, Backs: Bended lines in light-blue, purple and orange. 2005.
Lit.: De Ryck in Journal of the IPCS 34/2, pp. 145-147.
The exhibition Graphique Deluxe has invited 11 artists to create a deck of cards on the occasion of the opening of the Museum of Modern Art Grand Duke Jean. The courts are the same in all suits: they stylize the figures to a Gothic letter adorned with floral ornaments. The jokers show an elaborate heraldic lily. Printed in a limited edition of 500 copies.
OCase, mint.




RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Entertaining Gazette, Novosibirsk.




380453 Entertaining Gazette, Novosibirsk. Caricatures and differences. Design: After an idea of Alexander Lutkovskiy. 36 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 90x59 mm, rc, Backs: Double-headed eagle, playing-cards and name of the magazine. 2004.
Lit.: Lutkovskiy 4.8; Eroticism VI 4.80.
The 38 caricatures of the deck have been published in various issues of the weekly magazine in 1998-1999 and come "from all parts of the former USSR". In order to make a deck they have been cut off and supplied with a back. Each half of the cards shows 7 differences to its counterpart.
Slightly damaged OCase, mint.




SWITZERLAND - NON STANDARD CARDS - Robert Hürlimann, Zürich.



310396 Robert Hürlimann, Zürich. Swiss deck. Design: Georg Erhardt. 36, complete. Offset, 103x50 mm, square corners, no I. Backs: Plain red. c1968.
Lit.: Braun 744; Schweizer Spielkarten 177.
The deck was printed after linocuts. Though displaying Swiss suits, the ranks are Deuce, King, Queen and Jack (or Ober). Limited edition of 1000.
OWrapper, almost mint.




RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk.




380417 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. 7 of Hearts. Design: Alexandr. 32 + JJ (all different), complete. Color digital printing, 61x43 mm, rc, Backs: Without imprint, white. 2003.
Lit.: Eroticism VI 7.48; Lutkovskiy 4.5.
Reproductions of so-called prison cards. The courts display pencil drawings in black and red of gangsters and their molls.
OCase, mint.




USA - VARIA - McLoughlin Brothers, New York.



320674 McLoughlin Brothers, New York. American Fortune Telling Cards. Madlle Lenormand's Fortune Telling Cards. 36, complete. Color lith., 77x53 mm, rc, Backs: Plain. c1900.
Lit.: Compare: Hochman III FT1 (p. 243), Jensen [Prophecy] 2.48, Cary coll. 132, Braun 1635.
Further edition of a deck from the early 19th century. All the cards are illustrated and display small scenes (people in contemporary costumes, allegories). The values on the numerals are not consecutively numbered, e.g. C: 10, 9, 8, 7, 4, 1.
Damaged OCase, sheet of rules (1 sheet, German - English, folded and small tears), mint.




GREAT BRITAIN - - John Waddington, London, for S. Salomon & Co., Holmblads Spillekort Forretning, Copenhague.

410306 John Waddington, London, for S. Salomon & Co., Holmblads Spillekort Forretning, Copenhague. No. 106. L'Hombre 40 Blade. 40, complete. Color line block, 89x58 mm, rc, 2 Danish I. Backs: Ornamental panel with stylized flowers and leafy branches, blue. c1935. Lit.: Berry I W63; Jensen [Denmark] 5-9; Fournier 25; comp. Mann coll. 199. MADE IN ENGLAND on the case. Slightly damaged OCase, slightly worn.




AUSTRIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Ferd. Piatnik & Sons, Vienna XIV.



350425 Ferd. Piatnik & Sons, Vienna XIV. VIP Deck. Design: Manfred Deix (born in 1949). 24, complete. Offset, 100x63 mm, rc, 4 German I. Backs: Ad of the magazine NEWS, grey background. Maker's name on 10S, logo on 10H. 1995.
Costly caricatures with rhymes of Austrian VIP's (plus the pope) on courts, aces and 10s: Schwarzenegger, Wecker, Lauda...
Ill. OCase, mint.




AUSTRIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Edelbacher Druck for Edition Hilger, Vienna.



340368 Edelbacher Druck for Edition Hilger, Vienna. Das Spiel und der Maler (The Game and the Painter). Design: Josef Bramer (born in 1948). 2 x 52 + JJJ + EC, complete. Offset, 92x60 mm, rc, 4 English I. Backs: Repeated quadrant, green or mauve. Maker's name (Hilger) on AH, logo (Edelbacher Spielkarten) on AS. 1989.
Lit.: Altfahrt in Talon 12 (2003), p. 29.
The K are older men representing the material present (prosperity, game of chance...), the Q symbolize the seasons and the J the art and the nature.
OBox, mint.




RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - RusJoker, Saint Petersburg.




200686 RusJoker, Saint Petersburg. MART Treiding (Trading). 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 89x57 mm, rc, Backs: Ornated trellis in bluish tints with commissioner's name and logo. 2005.
Each suit advertises a Moscow commercial enterprise. C = Ostankino (TV center), D = Tscherkisovski (meat combine), S = Mikojan and H = KampoMos.
Slightly damaged OCase, mint.




JAPAN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Nintendo Playing Card Co., Ltd., Kyoto.



330445 Nintendo Playing Card Co., Ltd., Kyoto. Takeda. 52 + JJ + EC, complete. Offset, 87x57 mm, rc, Backs: View of a pharmacy from the 16th century and name of the company, brown. Maker's name on the jokers. 1966.
Lit.: Braun 189.
Advertising deck of the Takeda Chemical Industries, Ltd., a pharmaceuticals producer. Each card shows historical figures and traditional costumes in B/W from all eras and countries. S and C are blue. Edition of 3500.
OBox, mint.




GERMANY - BAVARIAN PATTERN - Editions for the Woman, Leipzig.




380039 Editions for the Woman, Leipzig. German Playing Cards of the 18th century. Design: Jakob Vogel, Bregenz. 1 sheet with 18 cards, complete. Hand-col. offset prints, 301x398 mm, square corners, Backs: Plain white. 1982.
Lit.: Braun [DDR] 1982/2.
Hand-colored reproduction of a woodcut block displaying the old Bavarian pattern (Kings, Ober, Unter, Deuces, 10Hearts and 10Bells).
As new.




GREAT BRITAIN - - The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Thos. De La Rue & Co., Ltd.)




008940 The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Thos. De La Rue & Co., Ltd.) Shakespeare Quatercentenary 1564 - 1964. The Globe Theatre. 2 x 52 + JJ + text card, complete. Offset, 89x58 mm, round corners, 2 English index marks. The author discusses with a member of the audience during a performance in the Globe Theater, maroon or dark-blue border. 1964.

Fournier I p. 233; Thorpe [2001] pp. 80-81.

Ace of Spades shows the portray of the company's master C. W. Clark. Limited edition of 2,000 decks.

Somewhat damaged original plastic box of the WCMPC with the arms of the Company in gilt on the lid, control ticket, mint (the blue deck still sealed).




CHINA - NON STANDARD CARDS - The World Paper Products & Toys Mfy. Ltd., Hong Kong.




200758 The World Paper Products & Toys Mfy. Ltd., Hong Kong. Airfight in WWII A. "Ace" No. 615. Design: Dio Art. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: White trellis on blue background. c2005.
Spectacular pictures of aerial battles during WW2.
OCase, mint.




SPAIN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Heraclio Fournier S.A., Vitoria.




200602 Heraclio Fournier S.A., Vitoria. American Civil War. Design: Teodoro N. Miciano. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, gilt, Backs: The eagle of the USA, yellow on red background. Maker's name and Spanish export tax stamp on 4C (1940-1964: TIMBRE SOBRE NAIPES - ESPAÑA, EXPORTACION below). 1961.
Lit.: Asescoin 300; Braun 667; Fournier 780.
The courts display portrays of generals and statesmen of the Union or of the Confederation, the aces are illustrated with battle scenes and the 4s with weapons.
Mint.




LUXEMBOURG - NON STANDARD CARDS - Mudam Playing Cards, Luxembourg (printed by France Cartes).




200650 Mudam Playing Cards, Luxembourg (printed by France Cartes). Be The Artists' Guest: RectoVerso Playing Cards. VidaleGloesener. Design: Vidale & Gloesener. 52 + JJ + EC, complete. Offset, 84x55 mm, rc, Backs: Deck of cards. 2005.
Lit.: De Ryck in Journal of the IPCS 34/2, pp. 145-147.
The exhibition Graphique Deluxe has invited 11 artists to create a deck of cards on the occasion of the opening of the Museum of Modern Art Grand Duke Jean. Stylized figures in light mauve on dark mauve background or, on the other side, in light orange on orange background. Although the values have been shifted, it is easy to remind that the orange jack of clubs and the mauve king of diamonds go together. This is maybe what the sentence on the EC means: "To see or not to see, that is the key to winning" or "Voir ou ne pas voir, tel est le secret de la victoire". Printed in a limited edition of 500 copies.
OCase, mint.




RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk.




200731 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. King of acorns: Love! Not War! Design: Ekaterina Stupakova. 36 + JJJJ (all different), complete. Color digital printing, 90x60 mm, rc, Backs: 2 military persons, a German and a Russian, in boots and topless. 2006.
Lit.: Lutkovskiy 4.131.
Aces and courts reflect upon the conflict between Germany (black suits) and the Soviet Union (red suits) during WW2. The aces show war decorations of both countries. The halves of the courts display the enemies, first taking each other prisoner and finally fraternizing. The numerals reproduce artistic photos of naked persons and of naturist exercises in the open air.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




   
   

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