Antonina Medvedeva of Mstera is the artist who created this commissioned work called "Pushkin's Fairytales". It is a five-sided box that shows different fairy-tales on each side, plus four oval paintings on the lid's sides. On the lid she paints Alexander Pushkin who is considered to be the founder of Russian poetry.
He stands under the old oak and writes his thrilling tales. All around him there are various scenes from the introduction to "Ruslan and Lyudmila" that starts with the following quatrain. An oak tree greening by the ocean. A golden chain about it wound. Whereon a learned cat, in motion.
Both day and night, will walk around. On walking right he sings a song. On walking left, he tells a lay.
Here we also see such characters as the mermaid sitting on the oak's branches, the magic squirrel that shells golden nuts with emerald kernels inside, thirty-three knights, Princess Swan, Baba-Yaga riding her mortar, Kashchey bending over his treasures, Ruslan fighting with Chernomor and others. Each of the lid's sides, decorated with rich gold ornamentation, shows a scene from the Pushkin's tale set into an oval. These scenes feature Ruslan riding his steed, Prince Gvidon saving the Princess Swan, the fleet of Tsar Saltan, and the old man catching the Magic Fish. The box sides feature the scenes from various Pushkin's fairy-tales. The front side shows the scenes from "Ruslan and Luydmila".
Episodes from "The Magic Fish". The right side displays a number of scenes from "The Sleeping Princess".
The rear side depicts the scenes from "The Tale of Tsar Saltan". The scenes are painted in the traditional palette for the Mstera branch of lacquer miniature painting.Predominance is given to yellow, blue and green tones. Gold paint adds various details throughout the scenes. The box is constructed out of paper-maiche. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. The lid is hinged from the top of the scene, and the box rests on four legs.
The work is signed with the artist's name, the village of Mstera, and the title. Size: 8 x 6 x 6 inches. Condition: Excellent, like new, no wear of any kind, from smoke-free environment.The item "Mstera Russian Lacquer Box Casket Five Sides Pushkin's Fairytales" is in sale since Sunday, May 07, 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.