Piatnik Playing Cards – Blackbirds
Talented artist Celia Lewis has worked her magic again, this time creating a striking linocut of a pair of blackbirds. One bird sits in an oak tree surrounded by auburn acorns, whilst the other feasts on red berries in a bush. Produced by Piatnik, this double deck of playing cards will delight any bird lover, and its vintage style is sure to make you feel nostalgic. An ideal gift for any ornithologist, this double pack of playing cards is suitable for games of Bridge, Whist, Racing Demons, and many others.
Have you seen Celia Lewis’ other design, Chicken Art?
The cards are packaged in a smart, printed presentation case, and they certainly have a wow factor! Using the Simon Lucas Bridge Supplies card rating scale, at 310gsm the cards are Standard Quality, and are a popular choice with players of card games. The cards have standard 4-index faces, and each of the two decks contain 52 cards plus 2 jokers and a bridge scoring card which can double up as a third joker.
About Celia Lewis
CELIA LEWIS was born in 1948 and has lived all her life in Surrey. She has three daughters and seven grandchildren. She studied life and portrait charcoal drawing with Signorina Simi in Florence and latterly has been a regular member of an art group near her home. She is a member of several local Art Societies and has held various exhibitions as well as exhibiting with the RI, and the RWS, the SBS, The Society of Women Artists and Wildlife Artist of the Year in London.
Celia is a printmaker, specialising in linocutting, as well as an artist and has recently been combining the two to produce unique mixed media pieces. Having achieved her Diploma from the Chelsea School of Botanical Art she has branched out into botanical linocuts. Three of these can be seen at the Botanical Art Society’s Mall Galleries Exhibition in June 2019.
She finds a lot of her subject matter in her own garden where she keeps chickens, turkeys and occasional Gloucester Old Spot pigs.
Piatnik’s history began almost 200 years ago in an imperial empire, which is no longer present today. Their story began when their founder Ferdinand Piatnik (1819-1885) took over the map painting business belonging to Anton Moser. At that time, playing cards were hand painted and their production was still a craft. Ferdinand Piatnik had learned this craft in Budapest and in 1824 he started to work in the map painting business in the 7th district of Vienna. He soon renamed the company as Ferdinand Piatnik in Vienna, and when his sons joined the business it was renamed again in 1882 as Ferd Piatnik & Söhne, Vienna.
Ferdinand Piatnik developed highly successful and still well-known playing card motifs in a special way. For example, the two-engined Germans with their half-figures from Schiller’s Wilhelm Tell, the Austrian Tarot-Leaf and many Joker and Rummy cards. Piatnik was passionate about card games and he passed this enthusiasm onto his sons. The sons were quite entrepreneurial and very open to technological innovations, and in 1891 they converted the business to modern industrial production and relocated to a different part of Vienna. From there, the business expanded rapidly throughout the Austro-Hungarian empire. Unfortunately the second world war claimed their factories outside of Austria, but their passion for producing playing cards has remained undiminished.