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Re: Germany

Unread postby Jock1971 » Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:08 am  

It is therefore much more difficult than one might at first surmise to track down the engraver any closer. About 1500 even the distinctly marked technique of these playing-card engravings, the deep clear points, lines and hatchings are too far spread, too general a representation means used by the style language of skilled handicraft to be sufficiently characteristic of one particular engraver.
In the manner in which the engraver knows how to employ these reduced means of expression might, after all, be a certain affinity to the engravings of Nikolaus Mair of Landshut, and some details suggest the "Ball Feast" or the "Tournament" by the monogrammist MZ also working in Bavaria.
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Since even the figures taken over from the schongauer engravings show a certain remodelling to Late-Gothic mannered agility in the manner of Erasmus Grasser`s Morisco dancers one could - with appropriate caution - think of settling the engraver less in the retinue of Martin Schongauer than in the South German Bavarian region.
Yet the anonymous master has not left us without any hint as to his person. On a number of cards one can see some letters and figures and on the six of coppae and the ten of denari there is a monogram to be found, it cannot be said with certain whether it is meant to represent IVs or LVs.
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Max Lehrs thought one could see in it a place-name rather tahn an allusion to the engravers name. However, a number of late gothic artists such as Wenzel von Olmutz, Mair von Landshut, Israhel van Meckenem, to name only a few renowned representitives, associate their place of origin or the locality where they worked with their name. Why should it be different in this case?
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Perhaps one day a lucky find will help us to decipher the monogram. In the meantime, however, the name remains hidden to us, the name of the skillful engraver who about the year 1500 while using an older-possibly Italian-madel made a pack of cards for Spanish use, who, north of the Alps, on the periphry, managed to produce the artistically most successful conception of engraved cards, obviously played in France and Spain.

Thanks for looking at my cards :D -jase-
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Re: Germany

Unread postby dazzleguts » Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:13 am  

I've always been fascinated by the pomegranate suit in this deck, especially since the clubs/batons, swords, and cups are all the usual Latin suits.

I love the bit about the curiousity cabinets being great preservers of old cards.
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Re: Germany

Unread postby Jock1971 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:40 pm  

HAPPY PLAYING CARDS
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52 cards with title card and 2 jokers. Happy playing cards No.1007 was designed by Doris Tusch and printed by F.X. Schmid of Germany in 1966. this double pack came in a clear 2 part plastic box.
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SCHWARZE KATZE, Gioco del GATTO NERO-Edizione Del Solleone Lissone 1984.
This set is a facsimilie of a transformation deck by an anonymous artist titled "WS 87" which was printed in Nuremburg, Germany in 1887. There are 40 cards in the deck, all number cards with no court cards. The title "WS87" comes from the initials WS found on the 5 of Hearts and the initials WS 87 on the 8 of Hearts. Many early transformation decks had a few original cards and a few cards "borrowed" from other decks, this deck is no exception as it has at least 9 simplified versions of cards from the Carl Arnold transformation deck from 1856.
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Re: Germany

Unread postby Jock1971 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:48 pm  

In 1983 Vito Arienti reprinted the "Ws 87" pack in a limited edition of 800 decks, in slightly smaller dimensions and with a new 10 of Spades replacing the original card. to the extra card he added the word joker, this version is designed for the childrens game of Black Cat (Gatto Nero, Schwarze Katze), for which rules are provided in Italian.
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Re: Germany

Unread postby joeblow » Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:13 am  

Fantastic find of the Arnold transformation reprint!
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Re: Germany

Unread postby dazzleguts » Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:26 pm  

I agree with the joe - great find in that Black Cat transformation deck. :drool:
Arienti's decks are always done up beautifully. Was there a box or other wrapping?

I'm really enjoying all your latest postings here Jase. Great to see you back. :D
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