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Item #0000101336

Crystal Lake (c.2002)

from Kholui by V. Blinov
5.25" x 3.75" x 1.50"(13.34 x 9.53 x 3.81 cm)

Gallery Price: $ 515.00
Internet Price: $ 375.00
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A young hunter marvels at a mysterious princess deep in the forest. He holds a tiny shoe out to her, as she gives its mate to a crowned swan. It seems the swans have brought the maiden her finery, much like the ash tree in the early Cinderella stories. This box has been drawn beautifully with hair thin gold brush strokes (not really seen in the pictures here) in the features of all the swans. Their clothing also has gold accents (partially seen in photos) to simulate clothing patterns. The top and sides of the box have lovely gold and silver ornamentation. The box is made out of high quality papier mache and was done by Kholui artist V. Blinov. This artist has a traditional style, yet the look of his works are distinctive nonetheless. His fame in the lacquer box world was also recently elevated with the appearance of several boxes in recent books on the subject like "Russian Lacquer Miniatures: Palekh, Mstiora, Fedoskino, Kholui". The box is signed on the bottom with the name of the artist, village and title.

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