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Here you will find elegant carved and painted boxes, many made in the second half of the 20th century. Common themes include Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius, with its powerful and ancient fortress walls from the 15th-18th centuries. Other compositions depict folk festivals, fairy tales, decorative and village themes.

A main technique is pokerwork, also known as pyrography, which, as a decorative element, has been around nearly 500 years. The main ornamental composition is drawn in the wood with a heated poker or needle. The picture then is painted, and can be simple or a complex, using few or many colors. Finally, the finished product is covered with several coats of lacquer. Most of the items here are one only.

 

A Short History of Zagorsk and Sergiev-Posad Folk Art

  • Village Scene Painted Box from Zagorsk

    Village Merriment (Сельское Веселье)

    Village Merriment (Сельское Веселье). The decorative elements on this detailed painted and carved box includes seven villagers, each in a distinctive Russian folk costume. The musicians play a bayan, a balalaika and keep time by clapping hands. The girls...

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  • Trinity-St. Sergius monastery

    Trinity-St. Sergius monastery

    Trinity-St. Sergius monastery (Троице-Сергиев монастырь). The artwork on this hand made box from Sergiev Posad imagines how this important Russian monastery would look like at the end of the 14th century with its wooden churches, tower, walls and gate...

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    Skomorokhi Carnival Box

    Skomorokhi Carnival Box

    Skomorokhi Carnival Box. Acrobats, musicians, a brown bear and a small dog come together in a kaleidoscope of frenzied activity. A Skomorokh (Скоморох) was a prominent musician and entertainer of Muscovy and Kievan Rus' from the 10th-17th centuries...

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    Victorian Box

    Victorian Design

    Decorative Painted Box "Victorain.  Hearts and flower surround on the top and the side of the box. Completely hand painted circa 1999, Russia. 2⅜" diameter by 1⅝" in height. Signed by the artist on the bottom of the box. 1 only, as shown...

    $24.95 $19.95
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    Gordian Knot Box

    Gordian Knot

    Decorative Painted Box "Gordian Knot". The proverbial complicated knot surrounds a delicate flower. Hearts surround on the top and the side of the box. Purchase this box and "problem solved". Completely hand painted circa 1999, Russia. 2⅜" diameter by...

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  • Winter at Sergiev Posad

    Winter at Sergiev Posad

    Winter at Sergiev Posad Monastery. Carved box with pokerwork and painted decorations and intricate carved sides with a light stain wood. Hinged lid.  4½" x 3¼" x 1½". 1 only. Pokerwork, also known as pyrography, has been around...

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    Trinity Monastery

    Trinity Monastery

    Trinity Monastery with City Coat-of-Arms Painted Box from Zagorsk. The Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius is a powerful and ancient fortress monastery with walls built and rebuilt beginning in the 15th century and ending with the 18th and beyond. This...

    $20.00 $12.95
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    The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Box

    Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra

    The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra  (Свято-Троицкая Сергиева Лавра).  Carved "shkatulka" (шкатулка) hinged box with pokerwork, painting, and clear lacquer. Made in the "Zagorsk Toy Factory No. 1" before 1991. High-quality production...

    $35.00 $25.00
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  • The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Carved Box

    Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra [Carved]

    The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius (Троице-Сергиева Лавра). Beautifully decorated with a polychrome painting and pokerwork  and intricate carved sides. Hinged lid. 7½" x 5" x 3". The Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius , founded in 1337 by...

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    Sergiev Posad carved and painted box "Autumn"

    Autumn

    "Autumn" by Kashtanova ("Осень" авт. Каштанова). Sergiev Posad carved box. Pokerwork and painted decoration with intricate carved sides and light stain wood. Hinged lid. Circa 2005-2010. 4½" x 3½" x 1¾". 1 only. An interesting note...

    $35.00 $25.00
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    Country Road (Проселочная дорога)

    Country Road [1930's]

    Country Road (Проселочная дорога). Zagorsk Artel, 1930's. Small rectangular carved and painted box in the Russian style. Zagorsk Artel (or "PKKA", i.e., "Рабоче - Крестьянской Красной Армии"). Box is in very good condition with some paint loss. Lid fits...

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    Winter (Зима) [1930's]

    Winter (Зима) [1930's]

    Winter (Зима). Zagorsk Artel, 1930's. Small rectangular carved and painted box in the Russian style. Zagorsk Artel (or "PKKA", i.e., "Рабоче - Крестьянской Красной Армии"). Box is in very good condition with some paint loss. Lid fits perfectly, inside of...

    $45.00 $30.00
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  • Country Church Ensemble Long Wooden Box

    Church Ensemble

    Country Church Ensemble. Unusual long hinged footed box decorated with an idyllic countryside landscape with wooden churches, bell tower and houses. The scene is more than likely in the Arkhangelsk Region in the Russian North, perhaps the...

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    Early/Mid 20th Century Vologda Box

    Vologda, early 20th century

    Early 20th Century Vologda. Painting on a Carved Wooden Box. A pastoral lake scene as seen from a clearing. Birds and boats are in the distance and the sky is cloudy. The pine box is hinged and all the sides are carved with Vologda ornamentation...

    $75.00 $65.00
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    Vintage Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Small Barrel Box

    Trinity Barrel-Shape

    Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Small Barrel Box (Троице-сергиев монастырь сергиев посад). An interesting barrel shape-box from Zagorsk (today Sergiev Posad), which is the oldest center for the production of this type craft in Russia. A favorite theme...

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  • Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Tower Box

    Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Tower

    Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Tower Box (Троице-сергиев монастырь сергиев посад). A slim spire sits atop a round box with scenes depicting the fortress walls, ornamental cupolas and churches. Sergiev Posad (formerly Zagorsk) is the oldest center for...

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  • Vintage Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Round Box

    Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius [Vintage]

    Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Round Box (Троице-сергиев монастырь сергиев посад). An elegant vintage polychrome box from Zagorsk (today Sergiev Posad), which is the oldest center for the production of this type craft in Russia. A favorite theme for...

    $45.00
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    Pokerwork Double Headed Eagle  Keepsake Box

    Pokerwork Double Headed Eagle Keepsake Box

    Pokerwork engraved wood jewelry box of the Russian Double Headed Eagle. From Russia, signed and dated by the artist. 2½" diameter, 1¾" tall. Clear lacquer finish, linden wood. Very good condition.  This item is well suited for the...

    $29.00
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    Pokerwork Double Headed Eagle Keepsake Box

    Pokerwork Double Headed Eagle Keepsake Box

    Pokerwork engraved wood jewelry box of the Russian Double Headed Eagle. From Russia, signed and dated by the artist. 4¼" diameter, 2½" tall. Clear lacquer finish, linden wood. Very good condition.  This item is well suited for the...

    $39.00
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  • Mid 20th Century Painted Box Pioneers

    Young Pioneers on a Hike

    Young Pioneers on a Hike (Юные Пионеры в Поход). Four young Pioneers dressed in scout uniforms rise over the hilltop. The leader, wearing his "рюкзак"(backpack), studies a map and indicates the direction to go in with his right hand. The others carry...

    $89.00
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