Archive for category 2000

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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The title of the this painting is The Game of Cards, and the author is the Italian artist Raffaello Sorbi. This is the first puzzle that I completed by the brand Fame. This jigsaw brand is not one of the most popular ones, but they have beautiful puzzles. Although they don’t have a very large catalog available, they have been very careful in their choices. For that reason, most of their puzzles are very nice. They even have two large 5000 pieces puzzles that are extremely difficult to find: A Meeting by the Stile, by Heywood Hardy, and An Old Surrey Farm, by Robert Gallon.

Image of the Assembled Puzzle 2000, Fame, The Game of Cards, by Raffaello Sorbi

Cards and other Games

The Game of Cards is a delightful scene where the painter has been able to capture the fun of the game. The way the four characters in the front are depicted is especially interesting. The man sitting at the table seems to be trying to understand, scratching his forehead. In the meantime, the woman sitting in front of him is explaining the reason why he probably lost. Everybody seems to be having a fun time. It is, in summary, a beautiful genre scene. Raffaello Sorbi completed, in fact, a whole series of paintings representing different types of games. The Game of Cards is just one them.

I put this one together in the summer of 2013. It was quite a productive week, since I assembled three puzzles in five days. Plenty of time, background music, and a jigsaw puzzle, which sounds like a good plan to me. I liked this puzzle particularly, although the pieces were thinner than the pieces of most puzzles by other brands. It was not very difficult, though. I eventually listed it at Rare Puzzles and sold it very soon, although I never planned on selling the puzzle when I initially assembled it. However, I know for sure that it went to a very good home.

2000, Fame, The Game of Cards, Raffaello Sorbi, 68.5 x 97.8 cm.

Image of the Puzzle 2000, Fame, The Game of Cards, by Raffaello Sorbi, Picture of the Box

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Johann Hamza was a painter of genre who was born in Teltsch on 21 June 1850. He studied under Eduard Von Engerth at the Vienna Academy, and exhibited in Vienna, Dresden and Munich between 1879 and 1890. He died in 1927.

Image of the Assembled Puzzle 2000, Jumbo, In the Library, Johann Hamza

We don’t have a lot of information about him, except that he specialized in genre painting. He liked to depict everyday life by portraying ordinary people in common activities. At a very early age he was already a consummate craftsman who conceived his pictures with a lot of detail. He was very precise depicting the surfaces of all the materials, objects, and figures. This painting is a good example.

Johann Hamza in his Library

Jorge Luis Borges always imagined Paradise as some kind of library. It seems that perhaps Johann Hamza could agree with him, since libraries and books are common topics in his paintings. There are at least five works with the title In the Library, where different gentlemen are sitting reading in a library or a room full of books. Furthermore, some other works represent people reading, like An Old Man Reading, Reading for Pleasure, or Reading on the Terrace. When someone loves books as much as jigsaw puzzles, this Jumbo puzzle is the perfect combination of two great hobbies.

This puzzle was very nice and more challenging than I initially imagined, since there were too many similar pieces with book spines. However, it was not too difficult. Although the puzzle was not new, the quality of Jumbo pieces is very good, and it looked like new. I had two incomplete copies of this puzzle, but they were perfectly compatible, so I was able to put together a complete copy that I listed later at Rare Puzzles. There is an additional copy that will be used for replacements in the future.

2000, Jumbo, In the Library, Johann Hamza, 98 x 68 cm, Reference Number 1746.

Image of the Puzzle 1500, Jumbo, In the Library, Johann Hamza, Picture of the Box

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