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Item #0000100730

In the Kingdom of the Tsar (c.2006)

from Kholui by S. Stepanov
3.50" x 2.25" x 1.50"(9.00 x 5.50 x 3.70 cm)

Gallery Price: $ 1095.00
Internet Price: $ 995.00
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The wonders of Russian fairy tales emerge from thick vines of gold foil which rise on the corners of the box to create nests for fantastical creatures on the sides of the lid. A young man skirts the treetops on the lid, mounted on a gigantic bird. On the front, Emelya's magical fish sidles in to get a closer look at Sadko's gusli while Puss in Boots strums a tune from the treetops. A hot air baloon and the fabled flying ship float above the forest on the sides, bobbing on a gentle sunset breeze. On the rear, Vasilisa the Wise Waves a piece of her superior weaving as she bids farewell to a pair of conjured doves. The box is beautifully painted in brilliant colors, with fine golden accents seemingly everywhere, and an elegant border of gold foil and black lacquer. The golden accents do not photographs well, but in person, the entire box seems awash in a golden glow. This box is made of high quality papier mache and is signed on its flush base with the title, artist's name (S. Stepanov), and village. There is a hinge on the top, and the interior is red lacquer. Delightful.--BOX1231

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