Dondorf Shakespeare hearts playing cards seamless tile pattern - Stock Image

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Description
This is a large square tile that, if copied and repeated, will join seamlessly at the edges to make a pattern of any size.

The items displayed are the ace and court cards / face cards in hearts, representing kings and queens from the plays of Shakespeare. For example, the King of Hearts is illustrated as Henry V (from Shakespeare's Henry V).

These playing cards are from a well-known deck of vintage / antique (19th century) playing cards. It was printed in chromolithography by Bernard (Bernhard) Dondorf from Frankfurt aM, Germany.

Bernard (Bernhard) Dondorf opened a lithographic printing business in 1833, first producing playing cards in 1839. His playing cards were popular for their designs and overall quality. He retired from the business in 1872 after producing popular and widely-copied designs for many years.

More antique playing cards, including more from Bernhard Dondorf's rare 1895 'Shakespeare' deck:

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