Box Palekh "Falconry"
- Brand: Arteast-Replika
- Product Code: 702642
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On the Box "Falconry" depicts two hunters, who lived many centuries ago. Fact that hunters are not from our timeline, especially notable on old clothes and lack of any guns. On both their hands – tamed falcons, used for hunting purposes in ancient Egypt since 3 thousand years ago.
This kind of hunting became popular in Russia in the 10th century and remained popular until the advent of firearms. Falconry is still popular in the East - some enthusiasts are involved in falconry in Europe and North America. The Box "falconry" isdecorated in the Palekh style, can be gifted to friend-hunter: he will appreciate the gift. It is also possible to gift it to a person interested in history of middle ages or anyone who loves jewelry created in traditions of Russian folk crafts.
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.
Painting Palekh lacquer is a Russian folk handicraft of miniature painting, which is done with tempera paints on varnished articles made of papier-mâché (small & medium sized boxes, cigarette and powder cases etc.). These boxes are extremely unique, rare and they have a unique Russian history and culture of their own. The small town of “Palekh” is located in 360 kilometers East from Moscow. This unique and historic town specialized in painting religious Russian orthodox icons for hundreds of years. In 1917 communist philosophy was spreading throughout Russia and this nearly ended the work on the icon artisans. However, many of the original orthodox icon artists quickly shifted to painting “Palekh” lacquer boxes. The artists banded together over the years of 1918 – 1958 to form cooperatives & small art schools to ensure the survival of their unique painting skills and styles. Despite the torments of Stalinism, the Russian people created the State Museum of Palekh Artists (1935) and the Association of Palekh Artists (1935). In the 1960s, during the Russian period of de-Stalinization, these original skilled Russian artists revived the Palekh style and expanded this painting style into Europe and abroad. In the post Stalinist years, an influx of enthusiastic artists also helped ensure the Palekh art would continue to thrive. Today, the lacquer art of Palekh is called "a small miracle", a label particularly fitting since this style of box originated from the same village and from the same painters that specialized in religious icon-painting for many centuries. Many of the skills and techniques that were used in painting famous hand-painted Russian religious icons have been adopted and utilized in making these Palekh boxes. When you hold one of these lacquer boxes in your hand, you will realize that this is something truly special. These boxes have extraordinary detail, with fine lines painted in gold and contrasting colors. Artists use single-hair brushes, real gold and egg tempera paint. Palekh miniature is signed on the same pattern. On the cover of a thing there is a mark of the place of production (Palekh), the date (year) and the author's autograph.
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