Here is a stunning small lacquer box with a miniature painting of Maryushka, heroine of the folk tale, holding Finist the bright falcon on her wrist. She stands in front of a large window overlooking a palace. Draperies and flowers surround her. The edges of the lid are trimmed in etched gold scrollwork. The rest of the outside is glossy black and the inside is glossy red. The gold scrollwork is repeated on the bottom section. The lid is removable.
Box measures 2 3/8” long x 1 5/8” wide x 1 5/8” high.
It is from Mstera, one of the four major schools of Russian lacquer box making, and bears a sticker on very bottom reading Made in USSR in English. Below that is APT (which translates to Art) and an inked number, 1101a.
The condition is very good with only some minor rubbing where the lid closes, and very light scuffing to sides and bottom. The art work is pristine.
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