Gorgeous vintage (1990) hand painted lacquer box. Depicting a scene from a Russian. Casket shaped, with the paintings on 5 panels. Very intricate, with great detail, rich colors and the most elaborate gold trim (all done by hand).Black lacquer is used as the background on the exterior of the piece while red lacquer completes the interior of the box. The work is signed with the artist's name, the title and the village of Palekh. This is an original hand made and hand painted piece of art. Russian lacquer art developed from the art of icon painting which came to an end with the collapse of Imperial Russia. The icon painters, who previously had been employed by supplying not only churches but people's homes, needed a way to make a living. Thus, the craft of making decorative boxes and panels developed. The items were lacquered and then hand painted by the artists, often with scenes from folk tales. Most people have no idea the amount of work and time that go into making these lacquer boxes, no matter what the size. The process hasn't changed much over the last 200 years and it can take from several weeks to months to complete one box.
Painting is usually done in layers and there can be as many as five layers of painting with a coat of lacquer in between each layer. Once the painting is done a protective finish is added. From here at least seven (7) layers of lacquer are applied and in between each layer of lacquer the box is sanded. The final coat is polished to a brilliant shine. In the end one box may have close to 15 layers of lacquer, making them very durable and resistant to breakage and warping.
Made in early 1990 by a well known artist Olga Repkina (signed on the bottom) in Palekh style of painting - which is one of the four legendary villages along with Fedoskino, Kholuy and Mstyora. H and painted details are intricate and precise in the best tradition of Russian Lacquer miniature painting. The box is in overall great condition - noticed a couple of scuffs (see one of the corners of the lid), but can be easily touched up.
No issues on the paintings. Dimensions: 4.25" x 4" x 3. Would make a perfect classy gift or a great addition to a collection! The item "EXQUISITE RUSSIAN LACQUER BOX Palekh The Golden Cockerel Listed Artist Repkina" is in sale since Tuesday, July 11, 2017.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Russian". The seller is "red_piraka" and is located in Austin, Texas. This item can be shipped worldwide.