Kholui Russian Lacquer Box Casket Five Sides The Tinderbox Babarkina
This original composition is based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale of "The Tinderbox". On his way home from war, a soldier meets an old witch. The witch asks him to climb down into a hollow tree. Inside there are three rooms: One filled with copper coins, one with silver coins, and one with gold coins. Each room will be guarded by a dog. He can help himself to as many coins as he can carry. The story continues with the soldier finding the magic tinder box which enables him to enlist the aid of the large dog to bring him the princess he wishes to marry. The wedding scene is featured on the front of the box. About the artist: Nina Babarkina is the distinguished Kholui Master who was chosen to illustrate the book of fairy tales published in 2009 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Kholui Art School. This one of a kind box was also featured on two pages of the "Russian Lacquer Miniatures" book shown in the photos above.
The pictures of the actual box show the beautiful shades of color more accurately than the book photographs. The box is constructed from papier-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the piece while a brilliant red lacquer completes the interior of the box. A hinge is fastened to the top of the composition.
Inside the lid is additional artwork with the signature, title, and date. Size: 4.75 x 3 x 3.75 inches.
Condition: Mint in original box, like new, no wear of any kind, from smoke-free environment. The item "Kholui Russian Lacquer Box Casket Five Sides The Tinderbox Babarkina" is in sale since Sunday, October 29, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Russian". The seller is "jewelbox831" and is located in Capitola, California. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Provenance: One Owner Collection
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Russian Federation