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Item #0000101958

Sleeping Beauty (2016)

from Palekh by Vera Smirnova
7.75" x 5.75" x 1.50"(19.69 x 14.61 x 3.81 cm)

Gallery Price: $ 7500.00
Internet Price: $ 6995.00
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In this classic fairy tale by Charles Perrault, Sleeping Beauty is seen in her bed, having slept for 100 years under the spell of the evil fairy, who you can see to her bottom left. The good fairy, at the right, helps to save the princess with a spell of her own. And now, as drawn in Smirnova's composition, only the menacing bats and the castle walls stand between the princess, the handsome prince, and their happiness.

Every inch of this box by Vera Smirnova is beautifully done and highly refined. The faces of all of the characters are soft with highly nuanced shading, extremely difficult to do on a small scale using egg tempera paints. The princess, the good fairy and the prince all have a warm look which makes you think all is well in the world. The evil fairy provides contrast as she eyes her rival with a look that gives you pause. Fine gold and silver lines which adorn virtually everything give the box an amazingly radiant and rich appearance. To really get a better idea as to how much work goes into these miniatures, look at the closeup photos here. Although they can't possibly convey the true feel or energy of the work, you will see the intricacy of some of the details. The composition is framed with a small gold ornament at the edges, and a larger more intricate one on the sides. The box is made out of high quality papier mache and stands on four small legs. It has a hinge at the left. The interior is red. It has a very shiny and flawless lacquer finish throughout. Signed at the bottom of the composition with the artist's name, village and year of completion.

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(Each category rated 1-10. For low scores, look for explanation in the description of box. In general, any total rating over 40 is excellent. For more information on rating system, click here.)

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