Archive for month May, 2019

When I verified this old and beautiful Ravensburger puzzle on February 10, 2016, the final count was 2003 pieces. However, I was able to detect 3 clearly foreign pieces. For that reason, I was hoping that this Liberation Celebration, by French artist André Bauchant, would be complete. It is not easy to find a puzzle from 1976 in excellent condition, so I was optimistic when I could spot the foreign pieces.

Image of the puzzle 2000, Ravensburger, Liberation Celebration, by André Bauchant, Picture of the puzzle assembled

Foreign and extra pieces

However, when I detect a foreign piece in a puzzle during the verification process, I never list it for sale right away. Why? Because if there is a foreign piece that I have detected, it is possible that there is another one that I have not detected. After all, a foreign piece in a puzzle indicates a careless owner. For that reason, I simply put it aside with the intention of completing it some time in the future.

The same applies when I get extra pieces but I am unable to detect foreign ones. If a puzzle must have 1530 pieces, for example, and I get 1531, then the puzzle is not listed for sale. Only when I get the right number, I assume that the puzzle is complete, and in most cases it is. There have been, however, one or two cases when the puzzle seemed to be complete, but there was a foreign piece that I had not detected. When the buyer assembled the puzzle, he ended up with a missing piece and a piece that didn’t belong. In both cases, I got another copy of the puzzle, put it together myself, and sent it to the buyer already assembled. Even Homer nods.

4 foreign pieces in Liberation Celebration

Image of the puzzle 2000, Ravensburger, Liberation Celebration, by André Bauchant, Picture of the foreign pieces

Unfortunately, soon after I started working on this puzzle, I found another foreign piece. I had not detected it during the initial verification. Ops! That meant that the puzzle was going to be incomplete, as it finally was. Now, I wonder how those pieces ended up in a different puzzle box. The size and form of those foreign pieces made me think that they belonged to some of the old puzzles by Waddington. They are very similar to the pieces of Diana Hunting, for example.

In any case, this Liberation Celebration was absolutely delightful. It is amazing how Ravensburger cardboard pieces remain in excellent condition after more than 40 years. The vibrant colors and the great amount of detail made me enjoy the experience as much as when I started with the hobby. It was refreshing.

It is a shame that the puzzle was finally incomplete, but it was a great excuse to put it together. The puzzle will now be available for replacements.

2000, Ravensburger, Liberation Celebration, André Bauchant, 98 x 75 cm, Reference number 625 5 816 4.

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This Liberty Puzzle is one of the most interesting jigsaw puzzles that I have assembled, and the reason is not the fact that I like Alphonse Mucha very much. I must say liked this painting from the very first moment I saw it. However, when I found it, I was not sure whether I should buy it or not. The image in the box had golden tones that I somehow disliked. There was a label with the form of a puzzle piece that read ORO-OR-GOLD, so I figured it was some particular style of this brand. Eventually, in order to provide some diversity to my collection, I decided to buy it.

Image of the puzzle 1500, International Team, Liberty Puzzle, by Alphonse Mucha

Doing some research about the puzzle, I found out the manufacturer was International Team. They were an Italian company that disappeared in the 80’s that produced some very nice and unusual puzzles. Among them, they published 12 puzzles for a Zodiac series. Several illustrators designed all the different pictures for the series, getting their inspiration from Mucha. Then, to close the series, there was a 13th puzzle, which is this one. The puzzle depicts the painting titled represents a painting titled Flower, which Mucha completed in 1897.

Liberty Puzzle means Art Nouveau Puzzle in Italy

Interestingly, the title in the box is Liberty Puzzle. This title doesn’t seem to be related to the picture, and the original title by Mucha doesn’t even appear. However, we need to know that in Italy the Art Nouveau style was known as Liberty Style. That was due to the popularity of Art Nouveau designs from London’s Liberty & Co Department Store. In other words, the title is something like Art Nouveau Puzzle.

I ended up loving the puzzle. It was not golden, as I was thinking it would be based on the box. Once assembled, the final result was some kind of soft and silky texture that made a wonderfully crafted jigsaw puzzle. Simply beautiful. The original painting is a little bigger, and Mucha’s signature cannot be seen in the puzzle.

Although it is not exactly the same version of the puzzle, there is a 1000 pieces edition by D-Toys titled Fruit and Flower, where this painting appears, together with another one by Mucha.

1500, International Team, Liberty Puzzle, Alphonse Mucha, 58 x 78 cm, Reference number 9055.

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