Thursday, September 10, 2009

Day 13: Still Life with Lobster

Tonight we took my parents (who are visiting from Chicago) to our favorite ice cream place, Wentworth's, for some ice cream after dinner.  At Wentworth's, they have this little table where people are meant to leave things for others to take.  We took a look at it after our ice cream, and lo and behold, I found this tiny French vintage puzzle!  It doesn't have a picture of what it is meant to be, but it is labeled as Eugene Delacroix's Still Life with Lobster.  I found the painting on the net so I can make the puzzle (I hope)...I can't wait to put it together!

Here is some more information I've found about the maker of these puzzles...
from Geert Bekkering--7 May 2004:
The French Company, Vera [Paris], was active from about 1920 [until sometime] after WW II. They produced luxury, hand cut jigsaw puzzles with quality pictures, sometimes even on expensive hardwoods or early plastics. Their boxes show this luxury too. They are collectible now. When [one of these puzzles] turns up in [an auction in France] , it attracts many bidders. For good reasons, they are very attractive and fun to do. Most likely, rising wages in the 1960’s did cause the Company to stop producing.
I’m sorry I can’t tell you more about the history of the Company. So far, nobody [has done] serious research on French jigsaw puzzles.