Here are 2 decorative boxes that have captured my fascination. The smaller one (2.5 inches diameter) is artist signed and bears a sticker saying "Made in Russia." It appears to be made of the birch wood Russian artisans are famous for. The top has 3 scalloped wood wafers of differing shades of dyed wood. The overlying layers are carved in lacey designs of contrasting light and dark as is the side decoration. The interior has a charming scene of a mother bear and cub traversing a forest of pines under a full moon on a cloudy night. The perimeter of the scene is 'studded' by rounds of light. The artwork is easily mistaken as simple because it has been executed so masterfully. The larger box is 3 inches in diameter and made entirely of light colored wood with a glossy finish. The top and sides are decorated with lacey cutouts. The top has a central snowflake design surrounded by flowers and / or birds in flight. There are no maker's marks to be found. Neither box has flaws. They remain beautiful.
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