This deck is created by Magic Realist Press (authors Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov) and based out of Prague. The website for this deck can be found online, where you can get a closer look at the deck, and learn a bit more about the authors, deck and even get a look at their studio.
They are authors of other decks as well: The Tarot of Prague, The Fantastic Menagerie, The Fairytale Tarot, The Bohemian Gothic Tarot, and The Victorian Romantic Tarot.
The Baroque Bohemian Cats deck itself is in its third printing. This is important to note, as since the first edition, it's been reworked, altered and has many differences. The card stock has a clean finish and feels well put together; cards slide easily when shuffled. The deck also at one point came as a kit, which included the accompanying companion book. These books are invaluable to someone that is still learning Tarot, as it is the authors' ideas behind their cards. The author also gives a "Cat's Interpretation" of the card: a somewhat humorous but mostly useful piece of information to help complete the meaning behind it. If you have the book, you will realize that nothing in any deck created by these two is placed in a card by chance. Everything from color to choice of time in the day is all carefully thought out.
The images themselves follow the Rider Waite Smith (RWS) system, are extremely colorful, detailed, and quite humorous. They combine real images of cats with Baroque style clothing. The history and tradition of cats in clothes goes back to the early 19th century, with one of the best know artists being Louis Wain, the English Victorian cat artist. In the US, the tradition continued with Renate and Alfred Mainzer producing post cards of cats in human situations. The craze spread around the world, from the Soviet Union to Japan and back to the US again. It was clear that cats in clothes brought a certain humor to us, and in keeping with the idea, put a human spin to our pets, which we at times feel are more human than they appear anyway. Many of the cats in this deck were from shelters and rescue homes in Prague.
Our cards from the deck have a real feel to them; as the author has taken many real images from cats and combined the clothing to them, we are can't help but smile. Though in some cards, the cat himself appears happy-go-lucky (For instance in the Fool card), in other cards, the cat appears "less impressed" (For instance in the Magician card) and more typical of what we might expect if we actually dressed our cat in any outfit. However, this of course is purposely done, and adds to the depth of the card. Though he looks "less impressed" in the Magician card, he also looks focused (to get out of the clothes?) and powerful, the meaning behind the card.
Images appear bright and colorful. Other cat-themed decks can't compare in regards to the depth of work involved. It is obvious that much consideration has went into this deck. This deck is a professional where others are amateur.
Though cat-lovers will surely fall in love with this deck, it would be an excellent addition to any collection. It should be noted that the value of these decks appears to skyrocket when they are no longer available. It would be wise if you are considering this deck to go head and make the purchase while you still can!!