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Celestial Map - Ravensburger Jigsaw Puzzle

Celestial Map solar system sun earth pluto mars venus 1500piece jigsaw puzzle ravenberger planets celestialmap

Title:    Celestial Map
Artist:  David Penfound
Size:     Height = 23.5 inches
             Width = 33 inches
Pieces: 1500
Manufacturer: Ravensburger

David Penfound is one of the brightest stars in the world of fantasy art. His ability to paint a wide range of subjects, his visually stunning use of vibrant colour together with his untamed imagination sets David's work apart. He is a self-tought master and at just 24 years of age had his first major overseas exhibition at the Franklin Museum, Philadelphia, U.S.A. David is currently residing in England, though his artwork can be found all over the world and has received numerous commissions from renowned companies and most recently took the prestigious role to produce the image for the biggest jigsaw puzzle in the world. As well as his traditional artwork David is highly skilled in 3dsMax and produces high-end visual effects for film and tv, architectural and product design visuals and animation.

Ravensburger History

Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH is a German game company and market leader in the European jigsaw puzzle market.

The company was founded by Otto Robert Maier with seat in Ravensburg, a town in Upper Swabia in southern Germany. He began publishing in 1883 with his first author contract. He started publishing instruction folders for craftsmen and architects, which soon acquired him a solid financial basis. His first board game appeared in 1884, named "Journey around the world".

At the turn of the 20th century, his product line broadened to include picture books, books, children’s activity books, Art Instruction manuals, non-fiction books, and reference books as well as children’s games, Happy Families and activity kits. In 1900, the Ravensburger blue triangle trademark was registered with the Imperial Patent office. As of 1912, many board and activity games had an export version that was distributed to Western Europe, the countries of the Danube Monarchy as well as Russia.

Before the First World War, Ravensburger had around 800 products. The publishing house was damaged during the Second World War and continued to produce games in the years of the reconstruction. The company focused on children's games and books and specialized books for art, architecture and hobbies, and from 1962 grew strongly. The company started to produce jigsaw puzzle games in 1964, and in the same year opened subsidiaries in Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In 1977 the company split into a book publishing arm and a game publishing arm.

Today there are approximately 1,800 available books and 850 games as well as puzzles, hobby products and CD-ROM titles at Ravensburger and its subsidiaries, which include Alea for "hobby and ardent game players" and FX Schmid for games and children's books. Ravensburger products are exported to more than fifty countries.

In September 2010, Ravensburger broke Educa's record for the world's largest jigsaw puzzle of 24,000 pieces. Ravensburger's new puzzle design by late pop artist Keith Haring titled, 'Keith Haring: Double Retrospect' breaks the Guinness Book of World Records measuring 17' × 6' built from 32,256 pieces and comes with its own dolly cart for toting.

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