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Ruslan and Ludmila (2003)

from Palekh by Vitalij Borisov
4.25" x 4.25" x 1.50"(10.50 x 10.50 x 3.50 cm)
Inspired by the fairytales:
Ruslan and Ludmila

Gallery Price: $ 495.00
Internet Price: $ 445.00
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The brave knight, Ruslan and his beautiful bride, the princess Ludmila celebrate their wedding with and elaborate feast. Her parents look on as a servant approaches with a baked swan. Ludmila's mother appears happy for the couple, but her father still seems unsure if Ruslan is good enough for his little girl. He's not the only one who seems upset; Ruslan's fellow knights, and even the old court musician, are upset that the gorgeous princess is getting married. It seems that every man there wants her for himself. Ludmila wasn't called a legendary beauty for nothing! Those that aren't angry seem distraught, with one burly knight appearing near tears. (To read the whole fairy tale, click here.) The scene is nicely painted in crisp, bold colors, with well placed silver and gold accents. The wide border of the lid and sides has a thick gold motif, which echoes the visual tone of the work. The box is made of papier mache and is signed on the lid with the title, artist's name (Vitalij Borisov), village, and date of completion. There is a hinge at the top, and the interior is red lacquer. There are two very small dings to the lip of the box, which are not near the artwork, are not visible unless the box is open, and do not compromise the integrity of the work. A bright and lively fairy tale scene.--BOX1301

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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

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