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Crafts [Ремесло]

Ремесло (remeslo) are traditional crafts made in small and medium-scale workshops based on handicraft skills and a limited division of labor within the workshop. Ремесло labor, after separating from agricultural labor, was initially developed within feudal estates. Skilled artisans then moved to village, towns and cities, and began to organize as артели (artels), or guilds. The traditions of these guilds were built up and passed on over hundreds of years throughout Europe, including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Bulgaria, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and elsewhere (as well as in countries in Western Europe). We invite you to explore in more detail by clicking on any of the images. Most items unique and subject to prior sale.  

  • Bunny Bank [Kovrov Clay Toy]

    Bunny Bank [Kovrov Clay Toy]

    Kovrov Clay Bunny Bank (Кролик-банк). A whimsical bunny dressed in a colorful costume decorated with strawberries and bright green leaves. She has a bright decorated dark yellow kerchief knotted at the front. Three flowers are pinned to the kerchief,...

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  • Straw Inlay Box [Vintage]

    Straw Inlay Box [Vintage]

    Straw Inlay Box (Ящичек). This intricate box circa 1980 was likely produced at the Kirov center of Matryoshka Production. A special variety of rye was harvested, which was dried and boiled in a potassium solution to achieve a golden color and heat...

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  • Arkhangelsk Bird of Happiness (Fancy)

    Bird of Happiness (Fancy)

    Bird of Happiness (Птица счастья). Wood carving from the Arkhangelsk province, sometimes called the Pomeranian dove (Поморский голубок). An elaborate artistic presentation of the bird in full wingspan and polychrome decoration on the front. It is...

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  • "Golden Ring" Khotkovo Carved and Painted Box

    "Golden Ring" Khotkovo Carved and Painted Box

    "Golden Ring" Carved and Painted Box. Khotkovo, "Folk Art" workshop. Circa 1980-1990. Wood, Abramtsevo-Kudrino flat-relief geometrical carving, lathe turning, painting. Lid lifts off. Applied blue felt at the bottom of the piece. On one of the roundels...

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    "Emelya's Surprise" Walrus Tusk Carving

    "Emelya's Surprise" Tusk Carving

    "Emelya's Surprise" (Удивление Емели). From the Russian Folk Tale "By the command of the pike" (По щучьему велению). Lazy (but lucky) Emelya has just pulled the magical pike from out of the fishing hole with his bare hands. The fish implores him to spare...

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  • Realistic Wood Carving of a Small Brown Toad

    Toad (Zhaba) Carving [Svetlov]

    Realistic Detailed Carving of a Small Brown Toad. A bit of nature frozen in time. The talented Russian woodcarver has carved a small brown toad with painstaking detail. 2" in height, 2¾" in length. Carved in Moscow circa 1995 and signed on the...

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  • Large wooden carved spoon, Abramtsevo-Kudrino

    Large Spoon [Abramtsevo-Kudrino]

    Abramtsevo-Kudrino Spoon. Khotkovo. Carved lettering reads: "Сухая ложка рот дерет" ("A dry spoon will scratch your mouth"). This saying comes from ancient times when spoons were made from wood, but it is a metaphor for embarking upon a useless action...

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