Brand Overview & Sale: PIATNIK

Hello and happy (almost) May! I have been offline for a few weeks at a family wedding in California. Ramping back up this week with coverage of the Austrian brand Piatnik along with a killer sale.

This week at Puzzle Warehouse, all Piatnik puzzles at 30% off!  I’ll be covering my favorites in this post.

Click here to see the sale at Puzzle Warehouse.

See all our previous Piatnik posts and puzzle reviews here.

PIATNIK HISTORY

Piatnik was founded in 1824 in Vienna, Austria as a Playing Card Manufacturer, Ferdinand Piatnik and Sons. Currently, the company has an annual production of 25 million playing cards, 2 million games and over 1 million puzzles which are sold all over the world. That’s quite a history! Here’s their original logo.

 

PIATNIK QUALITY

You can see our full brand comparison on Piatnik here.

Piatnik puzzles have a standard grid cut similar to Jumbo and Ravensburger with enough variety of shapes that a piece never seems to fit where it does not. Their pieces are fairly thick and feel sturdy. The size is neither oversized nor small, but about average, maybe slightly smaller than Ravensburger. The image reproduction is excellent, as you can see in the examples below. Groups of pieces hold together when you move them. They specialize in photo collages, fine art, and cartoon puzzles. Their price is quite reasonable in the US and UK compared to many European puzzles. This is a strongly recommended brand.

Above: “The Story of Wine” by Francois Ruyer, 1000 pieces

Above: “Salamanders”, 1000 pieces

Piatnik has attractive rectangular boxes with no frills or add-ins inside, which no doubt contributes to their lower price point.

Above: “The Story of Wine” by Francois Ruyer, 1000 pieces

PIATNIK CURRENT LINE & JIGSAW JUNKIES TOP PICKS

Piatnik carries a variety of subject matter but focuses on cartoon puzzles by Ruyer, collages, fine art, and photographic landscapes. New for 2017 they also feature two Susan Brabeau puzzles.

There are some wonderful designs I don’t mention, so click here to see ALL Piatnik puzzles.

*** CARTOON PUZZLES ***

Cartoon puzzles, particularly “busy” cartoon puzzles, where there are many small figures in a complex and highly detailed scenario, are quite popular in Europe with cartoon artists like Jan Van Haasteren (Jumbo) and Martino Degano (Heye) reigning supreme. All of Piatnik’s cartoon puzzles are drawn by the amazing Francois Ruyer. You can read our interview with him here.

Ruyer’s cartoon puzzles feature humanoid characters with large heads and small bodies and lots of humor and crazy antics. I’ve reviewed more than a few of them over the years. Here are my favorites of the current selection at Puzzle Warehouse.

“The Story of Wine” by Ruyer, 1000 pieces

This is a beautiful and challenging puzzle. Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

SEE MY REVIEW HERE.

“Accidents and Emergencies” by Ruyer, 1000 pieces

This was a new puzzle for 2016. Lots of fun and a great gift for anyone in the medical profession. Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Tour De France” by Ruyer, 1000 pieces

This is the latest Ruyer, a brand new 2017 design. Awesome! Grab it while you can at 30% off. Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Fire Brigade” by Ruyer, 1000 pieces

Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Christmas Skiing” by Ruyer, 1000 pieces

Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Soccor” by Ruyer, 1000 pieces

Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Christmas Choir” by Ruyer, 1000 pieces

I love this soft, village Christmas puzzle. I’ve worked this one myself but didn’t review it for the site. Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Christmas Chaos” by Ruyer, 1000 pieces

This one was fun and challenging to assemble. SEE MY REVIEW HEREClick on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Toy Factory” by Ruyer, 1000 pieces

This Christmas themed Ruyer has been hard to find for a while, so grab it while it’s in stock!  Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

*** COLLAGE PUZZLES ***

“Playing Cards”, 1000 pieces

I did this one quite a few years ago and it’s a real classic. It’s challenging and super fun to thanks to the unique suit name fonts and symbols and the amazing costumes. Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Big Frogs”, 1000 pieces

My favorite, “Salamanders” is out of stock, but this similar one, “Big Frogs” is available. I love these colors and textures! Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Sports Balls”, 1000 pieces

This is another classic that’s been a perennial best-seller. Great colors/textures and perfect for the guy in your life. Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Tomatoes”, 1000 pieces

I don’t even like tomatoes that much, but this puzzle makes me crave them. Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Time Pieces”, 1000 pieces

The shades of bronze, silver, gold, and white make this puzzle an interesting challenge. Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

*** SUSAN BRABEAU PUZZLES ***

New for 2017! Piatnik now carries two Susan Brabeau puzzles not currently in place elsewhere–which is great to see! You can read my interview with Susan Brabeau here.

“The Lazy Gardener” by Susan Brabeau, 1000 pieces

Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

“The Barnstormers” by Susan Brabeau, 1000 pieces

Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

*** FINE ART PUZZLES ***

Piatnik carries quite a few fine art puzzles. You can see them all here. Below are my top picks.

“Bustling Aquarelle 1923” by Kandinsky, 1000 pieces

Whether or not you’re into modern art, this image offers lots of great lines, colors, and textures for puzzling. Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Ground Swell” by Edward Hopper, 1000 pieces

This is a beautiful, soft summer image and all the blue will make it a real challenge! Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

“The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt, 1000 pieces

The golds in this image make this a puzzling classic. Piatnik’s version, on sale, is a great value! Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Wheat Field with Cypresses” by Van Gogh, 1000 pieces

The usual Van Gogh puzzle image is “Starry Night“, which Piatnik also carries, but I like this less common image. Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Boating Party” by Renoir, 1000 pieces

Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

 

*** PHOTOGRAPHIC PUZZLES ***

As you might expect from an Austrian company, most of Piatnik’s photographic landscapes feature European cities.

“Venice Skyview”, 1000 pieces

For those looking for a challenge! Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Saltzburg”, 1000 pieces

Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Neuschwanstein Castle”, 1000 pieces

Click on the photo below to see the puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse.

SUMMARY:

I hope you enjoyed this look at Piatnik puzzles and have found some treasures to buy on sale. Remember this 30% off sale ends on May 12th!

Links:

You can see all Piatnik puzzles at Puzzle Warehouse here.

Jigsaw Junkies Piatnik Reviews & News

Piatnik US website

Piatnik Facebook page

See you next week with a New Puzzles update.

Jane @ Jigsaw Junkies

7 responses to Brand Overview & Sale: PIATNIK

  1. Richard says:

    Jane,

    Welcome back.

    Thanks for the review – a great selection.

  2. puzzledeb says:

    Missed you! Hope you had lots of fun with your family. I especially love the way you give us photos of how the actual puzzle pieces look assembled.

  3. Richard says:

    I just placed my Piatnik order with Puzzle Warehouse.

    Just had to include their “Macaroons” jigsaw puzzle.

  4. Candi says:

    I did Playing Cards and it was quite a challenge but I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it.

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