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Item #0000101920

Ye Old Book Shop (2011)

from Palekh by Vera Smirnova
4.00" x 2.50" x 1.13"(10.16 x 6.35 x 2.86 cm)

Gallery Price: $ 995.00
Internet Price: $ 895.00
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The timeless pleasures of fine works of literature are brought to mind in this box by Palekh artist Vera Smirnova. A seasoned older man is reading a huge tome in the foreground while a couple youth read their chosen classics under a golden light in the background. The soft features of the man's face make him really quite handsome, though a man of his nature would undoubtedly care more for what he keeps inside than what he looks like on the outside. Smirnova does a masterful job in painting his face and skin tones, and is one of only a few artists from the village of Palekh able to paint with egg tempera paints in such a realistic fashion. The box is made out of high quality papier mache and has a hinge at the top. A gold border adorns the sides. Smirnova niftily incorporated her signature, village and year completed into the spines of the books resting on the shelves.

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