Carpenter's Tower (Плотничья башня). One of the famous towers at Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (Свято-Троицкая Сергиева Лавра). Carved and painted on pine with pokerwork, painting, and matte lacquer. Made in the "Zagorsk Toy Factory No. 1" before 1991. High-quality production. Unusual in our experience. Near fine condition. 15¼" x 10¼".
The 17th century tower is found at the north-western corner of the monastery wall. The spherical roof replaced the original hipped roof at the end of the 18th century. The tower was named after the nearby carpenter's yard. The red color of the tower predates its return to the white of the original.
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. The main ornamental composition is drawn in the wood with a heated needle. This picture is then painted in simple or complex color schemes, then coated with lacquer. 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. Trinity Sergiev Posad Monastery.