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Item #0000101921

The Snow Maiden (2011)

from Palekh by Vera Smirnova
Dimensions:
5.50" x 3.75" x 1.25"(13.97 x 9.53 x 3.18 cm)
Inspired by the fairytales:
The Snowmaiden

Gallery Price: $ 1595.00
Internet Price: $ 1495.00
None currently available
The bitterweet ending to the story of "The Snow Maiden" is captured in this exciting work by Palekh artist Vera Smirnova. With Father Frost and Fairy Spring looking on, and her love Mizgir at her feet, the Snow Maiden will slowly be taken up by the sun's rays into the heavens, forever in the hearts of the people who knew and loved the young innocent. Smirnova has played with this composition through the years, sometimes doing large masterpiece-size versions, sometimes doing more affordable pieces like this one, and never doing any exactly the same. Such is the nature of this unique art form which has amazed and inspired the select few people who have seen these true gems close up from the top artists. The most striking sight of this box is the sheer luminosity and radiance of the sun and its rays, which come down and seem to light up the design on the Snow Maiden's dress. The characters that fill the space, meanwhile, are drawn sympathetically and with a high degree of intricacy in the fine lines that help define their clothing and shape. The box has two gold ornaments on the side, one on the lid and one on the bottom part, both of which are expertly drawn in the classical tradition. The box is made out of high quality papier mache and has a hinge. The box is signed at the bottom of the composition with the name of the artist, village, title and year.

Lacquerbox Condition Ratings

Surface Condition (exterior) Surface Condition (interior/bottom) Box Materials and Soundness Hinge and Lid Placement Signature Total Rating Mother-of-pearl Condition
9.59.510.010.010.049N/A

(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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