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Item #100718

Tobacco Connoisseurs (2004)

from Palekh by A. Chigarev
3.50" x 1.25"(9.50 x 3.00 cm)

Gallery Price: $ 345.00
Internet Price: $ 315.00
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A gallery of dour characters adorns this work from Palekh artist Chigarev, entitled "Tobacco Connoisseurs." Each partakes of their habit in the preferred manner; the gentlemen with pipes and cigarettes, and the ladies with pinches of snuff, harkening back top the origins of lacquerware as snuffboxes. The younger woman in the background sneezes uncontrollably, as happens with snuff, while her counterpart snorts a healthy pinch, her face contorting into a grimace. The squinty eyed gentlemen, hoping to look aristocratic, become charicatures. The scene is rendered in bright, crisp colors, and accented with bands of silver paint around the lid and sides. This box is made of high quality papier mache and is signed on the lid with the title, artist's name, village, and date of completion. There is no hinge, and the interior is red lacquer. It rests on three round legs. A distinctive, satirical work.--BOX1219

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