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Miniature Art from Palekh, Mstera and Fedoskino

Attractive and affordable, these Russian brooches make unique gifts for mothers, wives, nieces and grandmothers. Treat them to something special on Valentine's Day, Easter, a wedding and birthdays, as well as Mother's Day and Christmas. They'll certainly be the "belles of the ball"!

These brooches, buttons and pins are beautiful miniature oil and egg tempera paintings done by highly talented Russian artists. Several centuries ago, miniatures achieved great status in the art world. Russian masters learned special techniques from England, Italy, and other great art centers. Subject matter came from classical and folk tale painting and included portraiture of the 18th-19th centuries.

The production techniques include the several applications of paint, each fully dried, and then coated with a transparent lacquer. Each piece is finished off by polishing and buffing. In expert hands, colors are rich and the finished piece shimmers and glows. Painting is done on papier-mache, mother-of-pearl, or wood and can be inset into a handmade metal surround. Mother-of-pearl, both from fresh-water sources and the river, produces a dramatic quality. Gold, silver, bronze, and aluminum powders are frequently mixed with oils and tempera paints. Many times the clasp is a safety pin embedded into the papier-mache or an old-fashioned Victorian-styled pin back. Each piece serves multiple functions: first, as affordable and wearable art, second, it can be framed as a miniature, and third, as an heirloom to pass on from generation to generation. Each piece is may be signed by the artist and we add a gift box for an elegant presentation.

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    Firebird Palekh Pendant

    Firebird Palekh Pendant

    Palekh Firebird Pendant [Oval]. The fascinating Firebird (Жар-Птица) can be found in many Russian folk tales as the object of a challenging quest that inevitably is ignited with one glowing tail feather. Stories include Prince Ivan, Elena and the...

    $49.95 $39.95
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    Firebird Palekh Pendant [Drop]

    Firebird Palekh Pendant [Drop]

    Palekh Firebird Pendant [Drop].The fascinating Firebird (Жар-Птица) can be found in many Russian folk tales as the object of a challenging quest that inevitably is ignited with one glowing tail feather. Stories include Prince Ivan, Elena and the Grey...

    $49.95 $39.95
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  • Boyarishnya Drinking Tea [Fedoskino]

    Boyarishnya Drinking Tea [Fedoskino]

    Boyarishnya Drinking Tea. A beautifully painted Fedoskino miniature. Tea drinking from out of the saucer, aka "saucering", was spread by the mercantile classes. Tea fresh from a samovar or teapot tended to be too hot to drink immediately, so to cool...

    $75.00
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    Snowmaiden in the Forest [Fedoskino]

    Snowmaiden in the Forest [Fedoskino]

    Snegurochka in the Forest (Снегурочка в лесу).  Oil painting of a young ethereal woman dressed in shimmering blue. Victor Vasnetsov (1848-1926) painted Snegurochka aka The Snowmaiden, at the turn of 19th century. It was the central inspiration...

    $65.00 $49.95
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  • Young Woman in a Red and Gold Kokoshnik

    Young Woman in a Red and Gold Kokoshnik

    Young Woman with a Red and Gold Kokoshnik Lacquer Brooch (Русская девушка с красным и золотым кокошником). Oil painting on rectangular papier-mache of a young woman with a red and glimmering gold kokoshnik (a traditional Russian headdress worn...

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    Firebird Palekh Pendant

    Firebird Palekh Pendant

    Palekh Firebird Pendant. The fascinating Firebird (Жар-Птица) can be found in many Russian folk tales as the object of a challenging quest that inevitably is ignited with one glowing tail feather. Stories include Prince Ivan, Elena and the Grey Wolf, The...

    $49.95 $39.95
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    Ivan and the Magic Horse Lacquer Brooch

    Ivan and the Magic Horse Lacquer Brooch

    Конёк-Горбунок. The Little Humpbacked Horse, aka The Magic Pony. Egg tempera on a black background papier-mache brooch. Mid-1970's formal Mstera painting on papier-mache. Depicted is the scene where the peasant's son Ivanushka (the Fool) succeeds in...

    $40.00 $29.95
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  • Boyarishnya With Braid. Brooch with miniature painting.

    Young Woman with Embroidered Red Kokoshnik

    Young Woman with Embroidered Red Kokoshnik Lacquer Brooch (Русская девушка с вышитым кокошником). Oil painting on papier-mache of a young woman with a gold embroidered red kokoshnik (a traditional Russian headdress worn primarily in the northern regions...

    $45.00
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  • Autumn Landscape Lacquer Brooch

    Autumn Landscape Lacquer Brooch

    Fedoskino Autumn Landscape (Федоскино Пейзаж). Oil painting on papier-mache. Delicate scene of the changing of the season as the river floods into the forest in the fall. Multi-color sky. Sculpted papier-mache frame is dotted in silver. Maker's mark on...

    $60.00
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