This Russian lacquer papier mache tea caddy features an intricate and subtle typical hand-painted scene of a family in a horse-drawn sleigh (a Troika scene) on the hinged lid. Manufactured by a Vishniakov factory and marked inside the lid with a factory mark, double headed Imperial Eagle seal and Royal Crown along with award medals from Emperor Alexander the Third, c1880. The interior has a silvered lining. The papier mache is in good condition for age with very slight loss to the papier mache corners. Length 3.75 ins (9.5cm), width 6 ins (15.5cm), depth 3.5 ins (9cm). Weight 368 grams. This item can be seen in the book, "Antique Boxes - Inside and Out", on page 150.
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