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Title: Tale of Tsar Saltan
Artist: Kozlov Sergey
Size (cm): 14x11x2.5
Size (inches): 5.5x4.5x1
Price : $3750 SOLD!





This exquisite piece of Russian lacquer artistry was created by superb Fedoskino master Sergey Kozlov. Precise craftsmanship and masterful design dictate Kozlov's masterful creativity. The artist was nominated to join the Artist Union of USSR in 1983. For a valuable contribution to the art of Fedoskino lacquered miniature, he was given the State Repin Prize of RSFSR. The box features a scene from the popular Russian story entitled, "The Tale of Tsar Saltan." Here we can see the barrel inside which the young tsaritsa and her child are sealed. The tsaritsa has been slandered by her envious sisters, who said to the tsar that she has given birth not to the charming child but to the ugly monster. Hearing it, Tsar Saltan ordered to seal the tsaritsa with her child into the barrel and throw into the sea. The raging sea waves threw the barrel ashore and the tsaritsa and her son were safe. Later on the son of tsaritsa, Prince Gvidon, became the ruler of the wondrous island where the characters appeared by chance. The composition is painted in white-bluish tones. Mother-of-peal creates the brilliance of water, and the shininess of the moon. The birds, the fish and the boats drawn in the background are painted in metal gold paints. Gold paint also details the architecture. The box's ornamentation is wondrous. The composition is framed with metal gold and silver shapes cut out of gold and silver metal foil, and glued to the box manually. The sides of the box are decorated with gold snowflakes, gold dots and silver threads. The box is made out of paper-mache made. Red lacquer covers the interior of the box and black lacquer is used to paint the exterior. The box has a hinge from the left of the composition and rests on a flat bottom. The box is signed with the artist's name, the village of Fedoskino and the year of 2005.