1995 Footed Palekh Russian Lacquer Box Scene From A Fairy Tale Signed A. Drozbov
Description: This is a beautiful rectangular paper-mache or papier-mache Russian Lacquer Box with a hinged lid attached to one of the short sides of box and has 4 small round feet on the base to support it. The box is marked Palekh and was made at the Palekh school of miniature painting. The box has a flat bottom with small feet at the corners and a hinged lid. The lid is decorated with a hand painted colorful image of a young man and woman under a red canopy with a man in a boat on the left and a woman sitting to the right observing the young couple. This is a scene from a Russian Fairy Tale which we are unable to identify. The box is signed "A, Drozbov" and dated 1995 along the bottom edge of the lid. There is also the word Palekh (c) and the number "481" suggesting this is design number 481 of the school's catalog. The box was definitely made at the Palekh miniature manufactory/school as it it has the official logo of the school and the words "Made in Russia" on the back. The box shows wonderful detail and beautiful colors; A true beauty and a very seldom seen box in subject and shape. The inside of the box is colored in the usual red color used in Russian lacquer boxes. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: The box is dated 1995.
Origin: Palekh, Russia.
Size: The box measures ~4 3/4" by ~2 3/4" and is ~1 1/4" high when closed. The box weighs slightly over 4 ounces.
Artist: A. Drozbov.
Marks: The box has markings in gold colored Cyrillic calligraphy on the bottom of the painting at the edge of the lid, which reads "(c) c. Palekh; ~481; A. Drozbov; 1995 r.". The box is also marked in the back with the Palekh Logo and the words "Made in Russia". See photos for additional details.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: A very beautiful and well done design with beautiful vivid colors. Gold and tempera make this nice box a very good addition to your collection of Russian Lacquer Boxes.
Condition: The box is in very good condition. The box has no cracks, breaks, repairs, hairlines, or crazing to the lacquering. The art work on top of the lid is intact, beautiful, well executed, and in very good shape with no losses or fading. The hinge works well and is intact and the interior is clean with vivid red coloring and exhibiting no losses. The only issue we see is a small surface chip at the edge of the lid opposite to the hinge and a couple of scuff marks on the short side of the box opposite to the hinge. Other than that, this is a very nice vintage Russian lacquer box to add to your collection. Please view the photos for additional condition information.
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