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Zagorsk and Sergiev Posad Boxes

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

  • Vintage Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Small Barrel Box

    Holy Trinity Monastery "Bochka" Barrel Box

    Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Small Barrel "Bochka" Box (Троице-сергиев монастырь сергиев посад). An interesting barrel shape-box from Zagorsk (today Sergiev Posad), the oldest center for the production of this type craft in Russia. The Trinity...
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  • Vintage Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Small Barrel Box

    Trinity Monastery "Bochka" Barrel Box

    Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Small Barrel "Bochka" 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...
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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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  • 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...
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  • Country Church Ensemble Long Wooden Box

    Church Ensemble Arkhangelsk Region Box

    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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  • Young Pioneers on a Hike (Юные Пионеры в Поход) 1950's Zagorsk Carved and Painted Wooden Box

    Young Pioneers on a Hike [1950s]

    Young Pioneers on a Hike (Юные Пионеры в Поход). 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...
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  • Village Scene Painted Box from Zagorsk

    Village Merriment (Сельское Веселье)

    Village Merriment (Сельское Веселье). As this is probably late 19th-early 20th century village life, the spring harvest is over and the merriment can begin. Young villagers are dressed in distinctive folk costumes. The musicians play a bayan and a...
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