This lovely lacquer box was painted in the town of Palekh in 1972 and features the tale of Tsar Saltan's son and the Swan Maiden. The dimensions are 6.75 x 4 x 1.75 inches.
There are some damages to the rim of the lid, general surface ware, and bubbling of the red interior (please see photos 4-6). The story goes as follows. Of three sisters, the youngest is chosen by Tsar Saltan to be his wife.
He orders the other two sisters to be his royal cook and weaver. When the tsaritsa gives birth to a son, Prince Gvidon, the older sisters feel jealous of her good fortune. When the tsar goes off to war, the older sisters arrange to have the tsaritsa and the child sealed in a barrel and thrown into the sea.
However, the sea takes pity on them and casts the mother and child on the shore of a remote island, Buyan. The son, having quickly grown while in the barrel, goes hunting.
He ends up saving an enchanted swan from a kite bird. The swan creates a city for Prince Gvidon to rule, but he is homesick, so the swan turns him into a mosquito to help him return.
In this guise, he visits Tsar Saltan's court, where he stings his aunt in the eye and escapes. Back in his realm, he continues to pine for home, so the swan transforms him again, this time into a fly. In this guise, Prince Gvidon visits Saltan's court and he stings his older aunt in the eye. The third time, the Prince is transformed into a bumblebee and stings the nose of his grandmother.In the end, the prince expresses a desire for a bride instead of his old home, at which point the swan is revealed to be a beautiful princess, whom he marries. He is visited by the tsar, who is overjoyed to find his newly married son and daughter-in-law. Thank you for your interest in this listing.
Please let me know if you have any questions. The item "Russian Lacquer Box Palekh 1972 Tsar Saltan and the Swan Maiden" is in sale since Thursday, October 26, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Russian". The seller is "treasuredart" and is located in Sarasota, Florida.
This item can be shipped to United States.