This really is one of the most luminous and exquisitely detailed Russian black lacquer boxes I have ever come across. Added to that is the advantage that it has never been used and is therefore in its original condition - a true collector's piece.
The box is fully signed and also includes a certificate with artists name - O. Golubev - 1986 and the village of Palekh. Made in the USSR is painted on the base. Measures 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" x 1.5". Weight is 367g.
Depicted is a beautiful scene from one of the most well known fairy tales 'The Tsar of Sultan - The Swan Princess'. Shown are the sad Queen and her son Prince Gvidon having been washed ashore on a deserted island after being put into a barrel (which can be seen in the background) and rolled into the sea as they had been maliciously accused of invented bad deeds. This scene shows them coming across the mythical swan who eventually saved the young Prince and the Queen by magically helping them to reunite with the Tsar.
The very fine hand painting of their garments, jewels and faces as well as the swan are gloriously detailed, as is the surrounding vegetation. There are most generous accents of gold and silver and the swirling gold border around the top and sides is delightful and generous. The sides of the hinged box are softly rounded and it is footed to give this box even more stature. The interior red lacquer is perfect as is the absolutely perfect condition of the exterior of this box.
This comes from an estate from which many outstanding collectibles were simply packed away after purchase and this appears not to be an exception to this rule. It was found in its original presentation box, which will be included with this piece. Also enclosed will be a longer version of this charming fairy tale.
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