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Russian Painted Box Mstera "Firebird"

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Round Box with an image of a fabulous bird in all its glory is designed for people who are unfamiliar with fiery bird from Russian folk tales. The Box has diameter of 15 centimeters with a beautiful decoration. All of the images on the round Box are painted by artist Nikolaeva in style of mstera miniature.

The fiery bird is pictured in the center of the lid – it has small head, long and slim neck, unordinary form of wings with lots of fiery curls and a long tail that consists of large feathers, the center of which is decorated with blue-white painting. External side of the round lid is covered with paintings of red, blue and burgundy roses, while in the intervals of the painting a golden silhouette of the fiery bird can be seen. The side walls of the Box are painted with ornament, done with golden paint.

The Box belongs to gift types, it can be presented to a headmistress or to a public servant, school principal, and to any other woman who likes Russian souvenirs.

In Russia, as a kind of art, lacquer painting took shape later that in Europe. Of course, each country developed its own individual style in lacquer painting which for example, manifested itself in the choice and interpretation of them and in the peculiarities of decor. Having mastered the achievements of foreign enterprises, Russian lacquer painting became a kind of art peculiar for its national originality. Components for lacquer painting are created from papier-mashe and the technology of its production does not change for more that two centuries. The object's body, bottom and lid are made separately. Then all those parts are joined together, primed, dried and processed on the joiner's bench. The next stage is dyeing of the object. As a rule, from the outside, it is painted by the black dye, and from the inside - by the red dye. Then the object is covered by several layers of transparent lacquer and after that is dried. Now the object is ready for painting. Russian Lacquer Boxes are beautiful lacquer miniature works of art that gained worldwide appreciation and are highly sought after, created by the most talented Russian artists. These small and distinctive treasures come from Russian villages of Fedoskino, Palekh, Kholui, and Mstera. The miniature paintings on Lacquered boxes usually feature fairy tale themes, as well as country life, troikas, and landscapes. You can choose from a completely handmade and hand-painted one-of-a-kind collector's item signed by an artist or a lacquer box with a stunning print of a miniature masterpiece.

The Old Russian village of “Mstera” is situated near the Klyazma River about 65 miles from the historic Russian city of Vladimir, (which served as the Capital of Russia for two years during WWII). The rugged terrain and rather hostile environment lead to the Russians living there to pursue subsistence farming, crafts and trade in goods with surrounding cities, primarily Vladimir and Moscow. Mstera style lacquer is quite different from its cousins Fedoskino & Kholui. Although all lacquer box styles experienced similar historical challenges with the onset of communism in Russia, Mstera truly embodies the combined styles of Old Russian master artists and traditional folk art. As Mstera icon painting declined in the 20th century, the Russian folk handicraft of Mstera miniature lacquer began to grow and develop its unique style. Mstera or Mstyora miniature painting is done with tempera paints on varnished articles mostly made of papier-mâché or wood. The Mstyora miniatures usually represent characters from real life, folklore, literary and history works. The Mstyora style features a clear realism, with warmth and gentleness of colors, realistic depth of the landscape backgrounds (often with blue valleys in the background), relatively small human figurines, and a subtle framed pattern usually completed in a modest amount of gold. The lacquer boxes from “Mstera” also usually have lighter colors and the painting backgrounds are never black (although the lacquer box itself is). Some of the most common backgrounds for all artwork are: light blue, red, gold or ivory. Unlike Palekh, Mstera is famous for its wide range of compositions; also every Mstera artist will have a slightly different artistic style. For example, while some artists paint dynamic and colorful scenes from old well-known fairy tales or historic events, others concentrate their skills on exquisite floral designs. Creating a high-quality lacquer box is a long seven step process. Each box is covered with three or four layers of high gloss lacquer (usually black on an outside and red lacquer on an inside of the box). In the process of miniature painting, most artists use several sets of brushes of various thicknesses and very strong magnifying glasses. Finally, artists polish each box to make it extra smooth and shiny.

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