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Boxes from Zagorsk and Sergiev Posad

 Here you will find elegant carved and painted boxes made in the second half of the 20th century. Pokerwork, also known as pyrography, as a decorative element has been around for 500 years. The main ornamental composition is drawn in the wood with a heated poker or needle. This picture then is painted in a simple or a complex color scheme, and finally covered with several coats of lacquer. It was in the late 19th century that painting combined with pokerwork became popular. 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, and village themes. Quantities are limited, in most cases we have only one.

 

A Short History of Zagorsk and Sergiev-Posad Folk Art

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    Vintage Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Round Box

    Vintage Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Round Box

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

    $60.00 $49.00
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    Vintage Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Small Barrel Box

    Vintage Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Small Barrel Box

    Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Small Barrel Box (Троице-сергиев монастырь сергиев посад). An elegant vintage barrel shape box from Zagorsk (today Sergiev Posad), which is the oldest center for the production of this type craft in Russia. A favorite...

    $25.00 $22.00
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  • Young Pioneers on a Hike (Юные Пионеры в Поход) is a 1950s Socialist Themed Painted Box from Zagorsk

    Mid 20th Century Painted Box Pioneer Socialism

    Young Pioneers on a Hike (Юные Пионеры в Поход). 1950s Socialist Theme Painted Box from Zagorsk. Four young Pioneers dressed in uniforms come over the hilltop while hiking. The leader with a ruksak (backpack) on his back studies a map and gestures with...

    $50.00
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    Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Fortress Box

    Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Fortress Box

    Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Fortress Box (Троице-сергиев монастырь сергиев посад). A golden cupola sits atop a round box with scenes depicting the fortress walls, ornamental cupolas and churches. Sergiev Posad (formerly Zagorsk) is the oldest center...

    $55.00 $48.00
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    Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Tower Box

    Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Tower Box

    Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Tower Box (Троице-сергиев монастырь сергиев посад). A slim spire sits atop a round box with scenes depicting the fortress walls, ornamental cupolas and churches. Sergiev Posad (formerly Zagorsk) is the oldest center for...

    $55.00 $48.00
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  • Village Scene Painted Box from Zagorsk

    Village Scene Kustar Box

    Merriment (Веселье). Late 20th century Zagorsk Artel production. The decorative elements on this detailed painted and carved box includes seven persons, each in a Russian folk costume. The musicians play a bayan, a balalaika and keep time by...

    $75.00
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