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Title: Town of Pskov
Artist: Kozlov Sergey
Size (cm): 12.5x12.5x4
Size (inches): 5.25x5.25x1.75
Price : $4850 SOLD!





This splendid piece is a creation of the legendary Fedoskino artist, Sergey Kozlov. His unique works displayed in all latest catalogs and books on the Fedoskino lacquer miniature art. As well, many museums and private collectors are proud to have any of his masterpieces. This outstanding Fedoskino artist was born in 1955 in the ancient town of Dmitrov. He graduated from the Fedoskino Art School in 1974. His teachers were G. Larishev, S. Monashov and P. Davydov. He is a member of the USSR Union of Artists since 1983. His works are exhibited in many Russian museums. The artist frequently participates in international art exhibitions and has many prizes including the National Prize of Russia. In this work Sergey represent one of his favorite themes-architecture, scene of town of Pskov's Kremlin. The name of the city, originally spelled "Pleskov", may be loosely translated as "[the town] of purling waters". Its earliest mention comes in 903, which records that Igor of Kiev married a local lady, St. Olga. By the 14th century, the town functioned as the capital of a de-facto sovereign republic. Its most powerful force was the merchants who brought the town into the Hanseatic League. Pskov's independence was formally recognized by Novgorod in 1348. Several years later, the Veche (parlament) declare a law code (called the Pskov Charter), which was one of the principal sources of the all-Russian law code issued in 1497. Peter the Great's conquest of Estonia and Latvia during the Great Northern War in the early 18th century define the end of Pskov's traditional role as a vital border fortress and a key to Russia's interior. As a consequence, the city's importance and well-being declined dramatically, although it has served as a seat of separate governorate since 1777. It was here that the last Russian Tsar abdicated in March 1917. Kozlov, undoubtedly, is an all-time master in painting of architecture. Brilliant painting technique helps him to show beauty of Russian nature and culture. While painting this scene, Kozlov used his favorite pale shades of blue, green, brown and gray tones. Mother-of-pearl shines through the sky, creates reflection of sunrays throw the clouds on the river. The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the piece while red lacquer completes it's interior. A hinge is located above of the scene, and the box rests on a flat bottom. Signed and dated 2012 by the artist.