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Item #0000101262

Along the Street (c.2008)

from Mstera by A. Tikhomirova
7.00" x 5.75" x 1.75"(17.78 x 14.61 x 4.45 cm)

Gallery Price: $ 795.00
Internet Price: $ 735.00
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Taken right from the title of a famous Russian folk song "The Snowstorm is Blowing Along the Street", the artist of this box, A. Tikhomirova, beautifully draws a scene that takes place in a small Russian village. A young lad meets up with a young maiden bringing home two pails of water, as a flurry of activity takes place around them. A young man in the bottom right is throwing snowballs and building a snowman. A trio of people race along in a troika as a group of people wave at them. And, of course, there are people gossiping, as it wouldn't be a small town without that. The box is skillfully rendered using time honored techniques from the village of Mstera. Boxes from this village usually have lighter background colors, and this box is no different. The color of the sky, for instance, is a true-to-life blue just above the horizon, while changing to a light gold once it reaches tree level. A skillfully done ornament frames the drawing and a very similar one adorns the sides. The box is made out of high quality papier mache and sits on four small roundish legs. It has a red interior. At the bottom of the drawing, the artist (A. Tikhomirova) writes his name, village and name of the work. A nice sized work that really deftly integrates a number of images and captures the heart of Russia.

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