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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

  • Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Painted and Pyrography Decorated

    Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Round Box

    Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Round Box (Троице-сергиев монастырь сергиев посад). An elegant 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 decoration...

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  • 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), which is the oldest center for the production of this type craft in Russia. A...

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    Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Carved Box

    Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Carved Box

    The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (Свято-Троицкая Сергиева Лавра). Carved and painted shkatulka (шкатулка) hinged box with pokerwork, painting, and clear lacquer. Made in the "Zagorsk Toy Factory No. 1" before 1991. High-quality production. 7⅝" x...

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  • Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery Bochka

    Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery Bochka

    Trinity-St. Sergius monastery (Троице-Сергиев монастырь). Decorated hand made box from Sergiev Posad with its wooden churches, walls, stockade fences and gate. The monastery  was founded by St. Sergius of Radonezh in 1337. It began as a small wooden...

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  • Trinity-St. Sergius monastery

    Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery Carved Box

    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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mid 20th Century Painted Box Pioneers

    Young Pioneers on a Hike

    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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