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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.  

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    Towers of the Kremlin Enamel on Copper Plaque

    Towers of the Kremlin Enamel on Copper Plaque

    Towers and Walls of the Kremlin (Стены и Башни Кремля). High quality polychrome enamel on copper plaque circa 1973. Comes with original chain for hanging. Factory label on the back. Overall near fine. Approximately 3½" x 5½". 1 only. These...

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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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  • Rainbow Textile Pull-Along Toy Horse

    Rainbow Textile Pull-Along Toy Horse

    Rainbow Textile Pull-Along Toy Horse. This horse on wheels with a prominent muzzle came from Russia about 15 years ago. It's exact date of production is unknown. The mane and tail are made of rope and the piece is put together by hand from color...

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  • Soldier Enamel on Copper Plaque

    Soldier Enamel on Copper Plaque

    Young Russian Soldier in black boots, red pants, green coat and holding a blunderbuss with a funnel-shaped muzzle. High quality polychrome enamel on copper plaque circa 1978. Some chipping at top where wire is attached. Remnant of factory label on the...

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  • Russian Carved Art ware Kovsh Ladle

    Fancy Kovsh [Скобкарь]

    Fancy Carved Kovsh Ladle [Скобкарь]. A striking wood scoop made in the traditional kovsh form. Beautiful patterned wood with superb carved ornamentation. Hand made filigree applied to the handle. Turquoise glass bead finial.  High gloss lacquer...

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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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    Karelian Birch Card Holder

    Card Holder [Karelian Birch]

    Karelian Birch Card Holder. A stylish and striking smoothly polished holder made from birch. Also known as Masur Birch, which describes its grain figure, and which is quite similar to burl wood or birdseye maple. Karelia is a region between Finland and...

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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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