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Artifact Puzzles - Waterhouse Lady Of Shalott Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

Artifact Puzzles - Waterhouse Lady Of Shalott Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

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This 347 piece wooden jigsaw puzzle of the 1888 John William Waterhouse painting The Lady of Shalott has elaborate puzzle pieces designed by Maria Berg, including an irregular braided edge with drop-out pieces (click on the little images under the main image to see the irregular edge and example pieces). NOTE: The irregular edge is not shown in the image on the box! The painting itself was a representation of a Lord Tennyson poem of fifty-six years prior by the same name. Packaged in our standard pine wood box. This puzzle is really hard! Laser-cut from 1/4" thick wood. Made in USA.

  • 347 pieces
  • 14" x 10.75"
  • laser cut wooden jigsaw puzzle
  • Made in USA

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Name: Dawn
Review: Beautiful puzzle, art, pattern design and cut. The lady took about 20 minutes, the rest of the puzzle about 8 hours. The edges pose the greatest challenge. A very enjoyable puzzle, a nice challenge.
Name: Michael Brandt
Review: I found this to be outstanding in every way. It’s difficult but not oppressively so, an absorbing long afternoon’s work. Kudos to the designer Maria Berg, I’ve done several others of her design and she outdid herself with this one. The border is especially notably clever and the interior pieces are interestingly shaped with some strange connectors. I agree with Hazel in an earlier review about the subtle detail of the image. It’s mostly dark to be sure, but it’s far from just monochrome. I agree with Michael Fox that puzzles with unusual borders should have the frames hidden to add a surprise to the solving experience.
Name: Jennifer Haussler Garing
Review: This is by far my favorite Artifact puzzle of the 8-10 I own. I am a fan of both Waterhouse and Tennyson, so this was an obvious choice for me. When I worked this puzzle several years ago, the edging was not part of the photo of the finished puzzle, like many of the other reviewers, it was a bit of a surprise, but a welcome one! There were three of us working this puzzle on and off for about two weeks and it was almost thrilling when we figured out the edging and got the whole thing together. I would say this puzzle is definitely challenging, but totally worth the challenge.
Name: Hazel Altan
Review: For a long while, this has been one of my favorite Artifact puzzles. I knew of the title subject from Loreena McKennitt's haunting song using Tennyson's Arthurian poem as lyric. Although to some the image might seem a bit old-fashioned and dark, it's also eerily beautiful - evocative of something that seems almost subconscious - a long-forgotten tale, but as with legends, a way of seeing that brings something new into focus. The interaction of the painting with the puzzle form is especially lovely because it helps you see more deeply the wonderful detail in the scene. If you visited the painting in a museum, or just saw a picture of it in a book, you would probably miss most of what makes the painting seem so alive. Having to gaze intently at the pieces to recreate the picture is definitely a plus in this case. On its own merits, the puzzle itself, the way it's designed and wrought, is fascinating to do. Maybe that reinforces the impact of the subject, because you really have to sit with this one. It's not a "race through" kind of puzzle at all, which makes it perfect to leave on the table for a week or two, sitting with it over time. The only time when I really hurried with it was as I started to really get the hang of the edge. I hadn't seen a picture of how it was supposed to look, and once I caught on, there was a great urgent sense in putting that together - "weaving the tapestry," as it was. All in all, this remains a steady top-ten puzzle in my ever-growing collection. *puzzler's note: At some point, I switched two of the *nearly* identical pieces - so that's something to watch out for.
Name: Phil Currier
Review: My wife & I have 54 Artifact puzzles and Lady of Shalott is probably the most difficult one (largely because of the amount of black). It was very rewarding to complete, and I would advise not looking at any image that shows the very clever border.

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