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Boxes from Sergiev Posad (Zagorsk) and Vologda

 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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    Skomorokhi Carnival Box

    Skomorokhi Carnival Box. Acrobats, musicians, a brown bear and a small dog come together in a kaleidoscope of frenzied activity. A Skomorokh (Скоморох) was a prominent musician and entertainer of Muscovy and Kievan Rus' from the 10th-17th centuries...

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    Victorian Box

    Victorian Box

    Decorative Painted Box "Victorain.  Hearts and flower surround on the top and the side of the box. Completely hand painted circa 1999, Russia. 2⅜" diameter by 1⅝" in height. Signed by the artist on the bottom of the box. 1 only, as shown...

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    Gordian Knot Box

    Gordian Knot Box

    Decorative Painted Box "Gordian Knot". The proverbial complicated knot surrounds a delicate flower. Hearts surround on the top and the side of the box. Purchase this box and "problem solved". Completely hand painted circa 1999, Russia. 2⅜" diameter by...

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  • 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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    Trinity Monastery

    Trinity Monastery

    Trinity Monastery with City Coat-of-Arms Painted Box from Zagorsk. The Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius is a powerful and ancient fortress monastery with walls built and rebuilt beginning in the 15th century and ending with the 18th and beyond. This...

    $20.00 $12.95
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    The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Box

    The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Box

    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...

    $35.00 $24.00
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    The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Box

    The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Box

    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...

    $35.00 $24.00
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  • The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Carved Box

    The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Painted Box

    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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  • Sergiev Posad carved and painted box "Autumn"

    Autumn

    "Autumn" by Kashtanova ("Осень" авт. Каштанова). Sergiev Posad carved box. Pokerwork and painted decoration with intricate carved sides and light stain wood. Hinged lid. Circa 2005-2010. 4½" x 3½" x 1¾". 1 only. An interesting note...

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  • Moscow Kremlin Wooden Box

    Moscow Kremlin

    "Moscow Kremlin" by Piala. Sergiev Posad carved box. Pokerwork and painted decoration with intricate carved sides and dark stain wood. Hinged lid. 8" x 4½" x 2½". Pokerwork, also known as pyrography, has been around for 500 years as a...

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  • By the Lake Zagorsk Artel Box, 1930's

    By the Lake Zagorsk Artel Box, 1930's

    By the Lake (У озера). Small rectangular carved and painted box in the Russian style. Zagorsk Artel (or "PKKA", i.e., "Рабоче - Крестьянской Красной Армии"). Box is in very good condition with some paint loss. Lid fits perfectly, inside of box is very...

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  • Country Road (Проселочная дорога)

    Country Road Zagorsk Artel Box, 1930's

    Country Road (Проселочная дорога). Small rectangular carved and painted box in the Russian style. Zagorsk Artel (or "PKKA", i.e., "Рабоче - Крестьянской Красной Армии"). Box is in very good condition with some paint loss. Lid fits perfectly, inside of...

    $55.00
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  • Winter (Зима) Zagorsk Artel Box, 1930's

    Winter (Зима). Small rectangular carved and painted box in the Russian style. Zagorsk Artel (or "PKKA", i.e., "Рабоче - Крестьянской Красной Армии"). Box is in very good condition with some paint loss. Lid fits perfectly, inside of box is very clean. Lid...

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  • Country Church Ensemble Long Wooden Box

    Country Church Ensemble Long 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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    Early/Mid 20th Century Vologda Box

    Vologda Painted Box Mid-20th Century

    Early or Mid 20th Century Vologda Painting on a Carved Wooden Box. A pastoral lake scene as seen from a clearing. Birds and boats are in the distance and the sky is cloudy. The pine box is hinged and all the sides are carved with Vologda ornamentation...

    $95.00 $75.00
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    Vintage Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Small Barrel Box

    Trinity Barrel Box [Vintage]

    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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    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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    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...

    $50.00 $40.00
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    Decorative Painted Box "Veliky Ustyug"

    "Veliky Ustyug" Painted Box

    Decorative Painted Box "Veliky Ustyug". A painting of the Troitse-Gledensky Monastery (Троице-Гледенский монастырь) founded in the 12th century. The architectural ensemble of the monastery originates from 17th and 18th centuries. It is located at...

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    Trinity Sergiev-Posad Monastery Zagorsk

    Trinity Sergiev-Posad Monastery Zagorsk

    Trinity Sergiev-Posad Monastery (Троице-сергиев монастырь сергиев посад). Pokerwork, also known as pyrography, has been around for 500 years as a decorative element. It was in the late 19th century that painting combined with pokerwork became popular...

    $45.00 $35.00
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