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Ecru Puzzles - Piet Mondrian Oostzijdse Mill Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

Ecru Puzzles - Piet Mondrian Oostzijdse Mill Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

$ 52.00


This is a 181 piece Ecru wooden jigsaw puzzle of Piet Mondrian's Oostzijdse Mill.   Our Ecru puzzles line is characterized by a closer cut and a matte finish to reduce glare. Piet Mondrian's Oostzijdse Mill was painted in 1907, before he embraced his more well-known abstract style, though the structure of this piece foreshadows his later work. The puzzle design by Jef Bambas pays homage to his abstract style, and has non-unique pieces inspired by the Hilbert curve (no whimsy pieces). This puzzle, despite having a straight edge, is extra challenging due to non-unique pieces! This challenge is reflected by its Mim Timing: 4 hours and 20 minutes to complete (87 seconds per piece). Almost as hard as it is to spell.

Like all our puzzles, made of 1/4" thick laser-cut wood and made in the USA. Packaged in a silver box with a magnetic clasp.

6" by 10"


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Name: Alison M
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Review: This puzzle surprised me. At first glance I thought it would be quite difficult, but my puzzle-adept daughter and I completed it together in just over 30 minutes -- for us the Mim time was way off. I was a bit surprised and disappointed by the tiny pieces and the overall small size of the puzzle. Had I looked at the dimensions before purchasing I would have known in advance. I wish the pieces were bigger so that the whole thing felt and looked a bit more substantial. (Just completed Van Hulsdonck Lemons too, and much preferred that puzzle both for size and feel of the pieces and the longer time it took to solve).
Name: Timothy Wright
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Review: The curse of the “non-unique-pieces”, yes I agree this puzzle is a stinker, it is much harder than it looks. The piece shapes are much like the “Snowbirds” puzzle, blocky rectangular, many of them are identical and can fit in wrong places. I often average 2 pieces per minute and with this puzzle I needed 200 minutes for 181 pieces. Maybe Kind of hard difficulity? The puzzle has 3 distinct blue horizons and differentiating between the blue water and the low blue sky is a challenge. The yellow-green foreground is different than yellow blue sky. First find the arms of the windmill. Then I worked the puzzle like a layer cake, paying close attention to shades of color and I had minimal do-overs. The brown-yellow lower left corner stands out; next find all the lower right yellow green to finish the bottom. Naturally any pieces that feature the blue water – yellow green foreground are the next layer up. To summarize, one can segregate by colors and combinations of colors and work in layers from bottom to top. I actually worked both from bottom to top; and from top to bottom, finishing the pure yellow last. Those who are blessed with a keen eye for very subtle nuances of color and shade will have a big advantage with this puzzle. Excellent lighting is a big help. If I remember correctly compared to snowbirds each piece is much finer scale. I loved the subtle shades of vibrant colors. The dark green is very dark, I’d offer black with green streaks. There is just enough color information to find the proper place for each piece. By now you should own a puzzle hemostat so I’ll not mention it again. Even with great care I needed it several times to remove wrong guesses. BTW, I can find this puzzle on Amazon, it might be a Artifactpuzzle.com exclusive.
Name: Barb
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Review: This puzzle lulls you into thinking it might be fairly easy...pretty straightforward picture, blocks of color. Hah. Don't be fooled...it's a stinker. Thoroughly enjoyable but it lets you know who's boss....right up to the last piece. Absolutely recommend this one. (as another reviewer mentioned somewhere...I think for a mystery Ecru....it's a good idea to use a hemostat to keep from disrupting the rest of the puzzle when you need to remove a piece)