THE ROYAL PALACE
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On all the aces on this page the statue is no longer depicted. All were produced after the statue had been removed.

Ace by La Turnhoutoise, Belgium, late 1920's

Ace by Van Genechten from Turnhout, 1930ís.

 Ace by Mesmaekers, Belgium, around 1930.

Not only the statue has gone. As these Belgian aces illustrate, also the people have slowly been removed from the scene and so the square looks pretty desolate in the latest versions.

 

 

The ace on the left was made by La Turnhoutoise from Turnhout, Belgium, in the 1950's. The accompanying deck had a Dutch pattern on the courts and this deck became the basis of the final designs of the courts and aces of the deck that was produced by Carta Mundi from 1972 on and that is shown here on the right.

 

Ace, Belgium, 1960's

 

Ace by Heron, France, 1950's

 

Ace by Flemming & Wiskot, Germany, ca. 1925.

 

Ace, Germany, ca. 1925.

 

When the Royal Palace is depicted, the east side of the palace is usually shown. But the official address of the palace is the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147. So the most depicted east side is in fact the backside of the palace. The ace here below is the only ace that shows the front of the palace too. It comes from a set of aces by Mesmaekers, Belgium, around 1930. The main entrance of the palace is in the extruding middle part of the building.

 

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