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Item #0000101822

Favorite Fairy Tales (2010)

from Palekh by Vera Smirnova
5.00" x 7.25" x 7.75"(12.70 x 18.42 x 19.69 cm)
Inspired by the fairytales:
Tale of the Dead Princess
The Frog Princess
Scarlet Flower
Tale of Tsar Saltan

Gallery Price: $ 13995.00
Internet Price: $ 13275.00
None currently available
Scenes from five different fairy tales are played out on this magnificent casket drawn by Palekh artist Vera Smirnova. On the lid, the tale of "Flying Carpet" with an elaborate firebird is drawn in all her splendor. The drawings on the side show glimpses of The Frog Princess, Tale of Tsar Saltan, The Scarlet Flower and Tale of the Dead Princess. Just below the drawing of the lid, and sloping down toward the sides is a mid-level area filled with an extremely elaborate ornament and small vignettes corresponding to the fairy tale directly below. It would be hard to list in words all the details in this work, and we won't even try. Suffice it to say, each of the main drawings could be the basis for a very elegant and expensive lacquer box by itself. But if you put all the drawings together into one single work, like Smirnova did here, the result is something truly stunning that you usually only see within a museum vitrine. The box is made out of high quality papier mache. The lid lifts off and does not have a hinge. The box stands on four small carved feet. The box is signed with the name of the name of the artist, village, title year.

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Surface Condition (exterior) Surface Condition (interior/bottom) Box Materials and Soundness Hinge and Lid Placement Signature Total Rating Mother-of-pearl Condition

(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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