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2 Non-Standard Decks Denmark Playing Cards, $15/ea.: (i) Lamberth “Skagen Artists”; (ii) Sostrene Grenes “Anna & Clara”
Two non-standard decks published in Denmark. Each is available separately for $15; both are for sale for $30. Each is described briefly below.
• Beautiful deck published by Lamberth, best known as a publisher of children’s books, featuring the lovely paintings of the Skagen artists of Denmark on each of the court cards. An excellent article in Wikipedia on the Skagen artists begins this way: “The Skagen Painters (Danish: Skagensmalerne) were a group of Scandinavian artists who gathered in the village of Skagen, the northernmost part of Denmark, from the late 1870s until the turn of the century. Skagen was a summer destination whose scenery and quality of light attracted northern artists to paint en plein air, emulating the French Impressionists—though members of the Skagen colony were also influenced by Realist movements such as the Barbizon school. They broke away from the rather rigid traditions of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts, espousing the latest trends that they had learned in Paris. Among the group were Anna and Michael Ancher, Peder Severin Krøyer, Karl Madsen, Laurits Tuxen, Marie Krøyer, Carl Locher, Viggo Johansen and Thorvald Niss from Denmark, Oscar Björck and Johan Krouthén from Sweden, and Christian Krohg and Eilif Peterssen from Norway. The group gathered together regularly at the Brøndums Inn.” The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 2 Jokers. The cards are wide, measuring 88mm x 63mm, and come in the original box. The cards and box are mint; the cards were removed from their wrapper to be inspected and photographed for this listing.
• Charming deck published by Sostrene Grenes, the Denmark retail chain founded by Ruth and Inger Grene, aka Anna and Clara, called “Anna and Clara’s Playing Cards” and featuring humorous illustrations of them on the court cards. The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 3 Jokers. The cards are wide, measuring 87mm x 62mm, and come in the original box. The cards and box are mint; the cards were removed from their wrapper to be inspected and photographed for this listing.
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