This charming miniature lacquer box is from the village of Mstera in Russia, where their technique differs from the other villages in that they are characteristically done in pale tones, usually on an ivory background. In this box the subject is a lyrical rendering of a young couple in love sitting on a stone or tree trunk next to a river with flowers all around and a beautiful church high in the background, indicating the next step in their relationship. On the bottom of the box is the title of the subject "Evening" and is signed by the artist "M. Lebedava" Photos do not really do justice to these miniature boxes, as one needs to look at them through a magnifying glass to really appreciate the intricate details that are entirely hand painted. The dimensions of this box are 7/8" in height and 2 1/4" in diameter, and it is in mint condition!
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