Beautiful highly detailed hand painted scene from Palekh USSR (1984) on papier-mâché lacquered box with brass hinge and bright red interior. This particular box is embellished with a scene of soldiers and a farmer. The gold highlights are not well seen in the photographs but are quite lovely in the light.There is a very detailed design that runs all the way around the box in gold and aluminum. When you open the box you can smell the lacquer on papier-mâché smell that helps to confirm its authenticity. It is in excellent condition. There is a line that is slightly indented into the lid that appears to have been made during the painting process. I had a hard time getting photo of it. Measures: 4 7/8 x 3 7/8 x 1 high (12.2 cm x 9.7 cm x 2.5 cm high).
Artist Signed and dated: 1984, Made in USSR. Palekh miniature (Russian:) is a Russian folk handicraft of a miniature painting, which is done with tempera paints on varnished articles made of papier-mâché small boxes, cigarette and powder cases etc. Palekh Russian lacquer art on papier-mâché first appeared in 1923 in the village of Palekh, located in the Palekhsky District (Ivanovo Oblast), and is based on a long local history of icon painting.
This handicraft and style of miniature painting bore different names throughout its development, such as the Palekh Artel of Ancient Painting (since 1924), Palekh Artists Association (since 1932), and Artistic Production Workshops of the Artistic Fund of the USSR (since 1953). The technology of making a semi-finished product was borrowed from the lacquer handicraft masters of Fedoskino (see Fedoskino miniature). The Palekh miniatures usually represent characters from real life, literary works, fairy tales, bylinas, and songs.
They are painted with local bright paints over the black background and are known for their delicate and smooth design, abundance of golden shading, and accurate silhouettes of flattened figures, which often cover the surface of the lids and sides of the articles completely. Poetic magic of the Palekh characters, decorativeness of landscapes and architecture, and elongated proportions of the figures go back to the icon-painting traditions.
The miniatures are usually set off with a complicated pattern made with gold dissolved in aqua regia. Palekh is the most renowned of four such famous villages, the others being Kholuy, Mstyora, and Fedoskino, each producing similar, but clearly distinct artistic style.The item "PALEKH Russian Lacquer Box Artist Signed 1983 USSR 5x4" is in sale since Tuesday, April 2, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Russian". The seller is "jeekiteen" and is located in Hesperia, California. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.