Pershinskaya ohota (Першинская охота). The hunt begins at the gate of the famous Borzoi kennel. It's a glorious autumn day. The borzois and foxhounds await anxiously as the men saddle-up. And the hunt is on!... A masterpiece by Oksana Sledkova. Nine dolls are decorated with borzois, foxhounds, foxes, wolves, horses and hunters, amidst bright, autumn colored trees including the lonesome birch. Hand painted in Rostov-on-the-Don, Russia. 11" tall, 9 pieces.
The Russian borzoi has been an integral part of Russian culture and history for nearly 10 centuries. The French Chronicle of the 11th century shows that three Borzois accompanied the daughter of the Grand Duke of Kiev when she arrived in France to become the wife of Henri I. Among the owners and breeders there were many famous people including Tsars and poets: Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Nicolas II, Pushkin, Turgenev. The famous kennel “Pershinskaya okhota” was established by the illustrious breeders Grand Duke Nicolai Nicolaevitch and Dimitri Valtsev.