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Tver Folk Art

The history of Tver folk art dates back to 1935 when, as the Art Products artel (артель "Художественные изделия"), gathered together many regional artisans. After a period of growth spurt in the 1950's-60's, by 1975 it had diversified and was a sizable enterprise. Its new name was The Kalinin Association of Art Crafts and Toys (Калининское производственное объединение художественных изделий и игрушек). The turbulent 1990's saw the company privatized, which created many new difficulties as well as some neglect of its wood crafts. Today, the company is one of the founders of the association "Folk arts and crafts of the Tver region", and is also part of the "Folk arts and crafts of Russia."

The main production of the company was wood work crafts with poker work, carving and painting with acrylic dyes. There is a lot of manual labor in products, especially in the details, which gives each item its uniqueness. To get to a finished product, a great many stages are involved. Wood is felled, sawed into block and timber, trimmed, sawed to size, profiled (carved), assembled and then burnt and painted. Many items here are vintage items. (Note: some of the arts and crafts here are other nearby arts and crafts centers.)

  • Children in the Basket Tver Figure

    Children in the Basket Tver Figure

    Children in a Basket. A completely handmade old-fashioned Russian toy figure. Five freckle-faced kids with different hair color are squeezed into a basket. Might be loosely based on the children's story "Neznaika". Very unusual in our experience...

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  • Murzik Cat in the Basket

    Murzik Cat in the Basket

    Murzik (Мурзик). Cat in a Basket from Tver. A completely handmade old-fashioned Russian toy with bobblehead action. Paint, woodburning and a clear coat of lacquer. Made in Russia in the 1990's. A few left. 3¼".   

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  • Giant Head Box [Tver]

    Ruslan and Ludmila Giant Head Box

    The Giant Slumbering Head. The disembodied giant head belongs to the brother of the wizard "Chernomor" from the Tale of Ruslan and Ludmila. The sword which lies underneath the head is off to the side. Helmet removes to reveal a box. Made in Tver when it...

    $18.00
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  • Dubovichyok (Дубовичек) Oak Mushroom Elf

    Dubovichyok (Дубовичек) Oak Mushroom Elf

    Dubovichyok (Дубовичек) Oak Mushroom Elf. The Dubovik is part of Russian folk culture and is sometimes known as "Old Man Dubovichyok". He is based on the stocky mushroom of the same name. Details include acorns, a bird, eggs and a nest. Polychrome...

    $14.00
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  • Leschy Лещий) Goblin Bobblehead

    Leschy Лещий) Goblin Bobblehead

    Leschy (Лещий) Goblin Bobblehead. The Leshy (aka Leschi) is part of Russian folk culture and is a type of goblin or grandfatherly forest spirit and is a guardian of the woods. He can assume any likeness and change in size and height. Here he is...

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  • Masha and the Bear Toy Figure

    Masha and the Bear Toy Figure

    Masha and The Bear (Маша и Медведь). Hand made toy from Tver circa 1989. Wood, paint, lacquer. 5"x 2½". Brand new condition. Limited quantity. An older couple had a grand daughter named Masha, who, one day with her friends, decided to go to...

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    Snow White and 7 Dwarfs Play Set

    Snow White and 7 Dwarfs Play Set

     Snow White and 7 Dwarfs Play Set. The famous and well-known (thanks to Disney) fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, was first related in 1812 when the Brothers Grimm gathered it together with other old European folk stories. It is believed...

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    Fedoseyevo Village Troika "Splinter Toy"

    Fedoseyevo Troika Nizhni-Novgorod "Splinter Toy"

    Fedoseyevo Troika (Федосеевская Тройка -Нижний Новгород). A team of three horses with simple painted patterns and "furry" tails. Originating out of the Nizhny-Novgorod region, not far from the town of Semenov, these bright colored and lightweight movable...

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    Tver Maiden with Buckets Toy

    Tver Maiden with Buckets Toy

    Tver Maiden with Buckets (Тверская дева с ведрами). Hand made and painted Tver wooden figure, circa 2000. A brightly painted figure in a 19th century costume carries two buckets to draw water from the well. 6" in height. In excellent condition. 1 only,...

    $35.00 $24.95
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    Alyonushka Ivanushka Tver Figure

    Sister Alyonushka Brother Ivanushka (Сестрица Алёнушка и Братец Иванушка). An unusual hand made and painted Tver wood figure, circa 1998. Signed by the artist on the bottom of the piece. Excellent painting and wood carving. Nicely lacquered. 7"...

    $65.00 $49.95
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