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Piatnik: Jugendstil Art Nouveau Playing Cards

Joseph Glanz & Albert Berger (Austria) released “Tarock No.1″ deck (54 cards) in 1906. The cards were printed by Berger and then varnished, cut, collated and packaged by Josef Glanz. The printing process involved repeating the square grid on both the back and face sides of the cards, then the imagery on the face side was overprinted.

The deck was designed by Ditha Moser in Jugenstil style – the German equivalent of Art Nouveau with its preference for straight lines and simple forms in the shapes of squares, rectangles, circles and parallel lines. Proceeds from the sale of this Tarot deck were presumably intended to benefit a Viennese orphanage at Christmas time.

The Austrian playing card company Piatnik printed on its basis a bridge set “Jugendstil Art Nouveau” No.2136 in 1980. Both decks (blue and red backs) consist of 52 playing cards and 3 Jokers.

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Jugendstil Playing Cards by Ceska Graficka Unie

Jugendstil Playing Cards printed by Ceska Graficka Unie (since 1920).

Designed by Artus Scheiner (1863-1938).

Dimension of playing cards: 59×91; 49×75; 42×65 mm – 2,32×3,58; 1,93×2,95; 1,65×2,56 in
[standard bridge size: 2.25×3.5 in – 57×89 mm]

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Index: Reviewed Decks by Countries – Austria

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♠ Jugendstil Art Nouveau Playing Cards by Piatnik – [Austria]

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Index: Reviewed Decks by Name – J

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♠ Jugendstil Art Nouveau Playing Cards by Piatnik – [Austria]

♠ Jugendstil Playing Cards by Ceska Graficka Unie – [Czech Republic]

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Lo Scarabeo: Liberty Playing Cards

Some decks of playing cards produced by Lo Scarabeo (Italy) have already been mentioned on pages of this blog. This post dedicated to another deck by Lo Scarabeo – Liberty Playing Cards.

Art by Antonella Castelli is featured on these playing cards. The artist was inspired by works of the Czech Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha.

Art Nouveau, Liberty, Floral Style, Modern Style, Jugendstil: these are the various definitions of a single style which positioned itself in Europe and the United States around 1900, especially in the field of applied arts (such as illustration) and architecture. Its characteristic floral, stylized and allusively symbolic curved lines which develop into asymmetrical and two-dimensional decorations also forcefully entered the world of production in a profitable encounter between industry and art. This splendid deck of cards pays tribute to the Liberty utopia with the elegant and light graphics of this style.

The deck:

  • 52 different illustrated playing cards;
  • 2 different Jokers;
  • 1 ad card;
  • 5 information cards (traditionally for Lo Scarabeo in English, Italian, Spain, French and German);
  • Bridge size;
  • Printed on casino cardboard with smooth finish.

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