A new range of jigsaw puzzles was front and centre on Museums & Galleriesâ€™ (M&G) stand at Spring Fair, and the positive reaction from visitors delighted the M&G team. Pre-orders since the start of the year have been brisk, and now stocks are flying out of M&Gâ€™s Corby warehouse.
Particularly admired was the vibrant print quality, the very retail-friendly size and shape of the boxes, and the design of the box as a sturdy reusable component with a printed liner. The 1,000-piece puzzles have a SRP of Â£14.99 each.
Envisioned as entertaining puzzles and a works of art in one, M&G luckily had a few puzzle enthusiasts in its design team to select and road-test the chosen designs. A star Arts & Crafts design from the V&A, Charles Voyseyâ€™s Birds of Many Climes made an excellent puzzle choice – as did Vincent Van Goghâ€™s Farms Near Auvers from the Tate and Hokusaiâ€™s Great Wave from the British Museum. One of designer Matthew Williamsonâ€™s stunning mural wallpapers – a vibrant jungle scene painted in homage to Henri Rousseau – makes a fantastic challenge and is one of the rangeâ€™s early best sellers.
The jigsaw puzzle was invented in 1766 by John Spilsbury, a British cartographer and engraver, an educational toy for teaching geography. Fittingly, one of M&Gâ€™s launch puzzles is a 17th century Four Hemisphere World map from the British Library collections.