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 "splinter" toys were popular in the 1930's-1950's but began to lose favor and status. The Fedoseyevsky toy was revived for a time in the 1980's and today is in the hands of a very small group of folk artists. The painting is golden yellow patterned with naive floral designs. Authentic folk article from from Nizhni-Novgorod (formerly Gorky region). Wood, painting. Circa 1989-1991 (marked made in Russia with paper labels). 5" x 12". Brand new condition.
See Fig. 102 in Gennadi Blinov's Russian Folk-Style Figurines: A Collector's Notes with more examples of the folk art.