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Item #0000101614

The Firebird (c.2009)

from Palekh by O. Solovev
4.75" x 3.75" x 1.00"(12.07 x 9.53 x 2.54 cm)
Inspired by the fairytales:
Ivan Tsarevich the Firebird and the Gray Wolf

Gallery Price: $ 225.00
Internet Price: $ 225.00
None currently available
This box by Palekh artist O. Solovev shows Ivan trying to catch the Firebird, a bird much sought after in several Russian fairy tales, and a symbol of happiness. Ivan and the bird, who twists his head and neck, are looking right at one another. Can the Firebird escape or will Ivan capture this fabled bird in this test of wills? You are welcome to read "Ivan Tsarevich the Firebird and the Gray Wolf" to find out. In the drawing, crisply drawn gold and silver lines accentuate all of the objects and seem to glow from the surface of the box. The black background creates a dramatic setting for the action. A wavy gold ornament frames the composition and another one decorates the sides. The box is made out of high quality papier mache and has a hinge at the left. The interior is red. It is signed with the name of the artist, village and title. We have two of these boxes, both almost identically drawn by the same artist, so you we offer you an extra special price on each. (Normally a box like this would be in the $200+ range.)

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