The Russian Shop
1720 Ogden Avenue
Lisle, IL 60532
United States of America
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.
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