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There are two main reasons why I like Ravensburger puzzles, apart from the image of the puzzle itself. One of them is the matte finish of their pieces. They show a distinctive texture that I prefer over other brands that tend to have glossy surfaces. That matte finish is also common in Clementoni puzzles. The other reason is the excellent quality of the pieces and the way the poster is glued to the cardboard. It is not uncommon to find a 50 year old used copy, like the Wedding Tour, and enjoy a jigsaw puzzle that looks like new.

Image of the puzzle 750, Ravensburger, The Wedding Tour, by Moritz von Schwind, Picture of the box

The preference for matte finish is quite a personal choice. They say that in matters of taste there can be no disputes (de gustibus non est disputandum). However, I think most puzzle fans would agree on the excellent quality of old Ravensburger puzzles. In fact, they even tend to weigh more than most other brands. That means that the cardboard used is more dense or thicker. A puzzle by Ravensburger will normally be heavier than most other brands, with perhaps the exception of Jumbo and some old MB puzzles that were unusually thick.

An incomplete Wedding Tour

That’s why sometimes it is not a big deal to get an incomplete puzzle, like this 750 pieces version of The Wedding Tour, by Moritz von Schwind. It is a great excuse to complete it and recall all the reasons why I started assembling jigsaw puzzles: a beautiful piece of art and a high quality puzzle. Besides, old puzzles by Ravensburger have many flat pieces, which make them more challenging. Those flat pieces are uncommon in modern puzzles by the German brand.

The painting is also known as The Wedding Journey, or The Honeymoon. When I verified the puzzle, I got 757 pieces, which was quite unusual. Then I learned that many old 750 pieces puzzles by Ravensburger and MB brought exactly 759 pieces (33 x 23). Whenever I assemble an incomplete puzzle, I always wish that the puzzle might be magically complete when I finish it. It didn’t happen: the puzzle had 2 missing pieces.

In any case, it was a pleasure to complete. I don’t remember how long it took me, since I never time my puzzles. In the past I used to jot down the day I began and the day I finished, but I don’t do it anymore. I probably started one day and finished the next day, since I probably had some other things to do. What I do remember is that I had a great time, and that’s what putting together a puzzle is all about, I guess.

The puzzle is now part of the Missing Pieces section, in case someone has a compatible copy and needs a replacement.

750, Ravensburger, The Wedding Tour, Moritz von Schwind, 39.5 x 59 cm, Reference number 15.473.

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When I verify an incomplete puzzle, I always hope that I made a mistake, but that never happens. The Hunting near Fontainebleau had two missing pieces when I verified it, and it had two missing pieces when I completed it. It’s a shame, because it is a small beautiful puzzle that now will be added to the Missing Pieces repository.

Image of the puzzle 750, Nathan, Hunting Near Fontainebleau, Carle Vernet, Assembled Puzzle, Blog Post

Hunting at Fontainebleau Today

Carle Vernet lived and worked between the 18th and the 19th century. The hunting scene that he captured might look like something from the past. It is difficult to imagine that the artist could have painted it just last Winter.

The Forest of Fontainebleau, which is only 60 km. away from Paris, is a very popular location for tourists. However, it has also been a hunting place for around 1000 years. They still hunt deer with horses and hounds, although following certain restrictions (only Tuesdays and Saturdays, from October to February). Apart from that, there is no major difference between the scene that Vernet painted two hundred years ago. We could see that same scene at the Forest of Fontainebleau in the present.

These smaller puzzles are a good relief when you have been working for some time on a large or challenging puzzle. It is possible to finish in a couple of days and you have the feeling that you are making consistent progress. That compensates the frustration of hours without finding any piece when you are facing a bigger challenge.

Hunting near Fontainebleau was a small and delightful puzzle. Although Nathan produced it in 1976, I was surprised to see how well the pieces have endured the passing of time. After 40 years, the pieces are in excellent condition, which is something that collectors appreciate very much.

Ravensburger produced in 1978 a 1000 pieces version of this puzzle, which surely will also have great quality. If I am correct, there is a 1000 pieces version by Educa as well, but I have never found one yet.

The puzzle will be part of the replacements section from now on.

750, Nathan, Hunting Near Fontainebleau, Carle Vernet, 58.5 x 42.5 cm, Reference number 551 174.

Image of the puzzle 750, Nathan, Hunting Near Fontainebleau, Carle Vernet, Box, Blog Post

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