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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.

  • Catherine II (As a Young Woman) Brooch

    Catherine II (As a Young Woman) Brooch

    Catherine The Great as a Young Woman (Екатерина II Великая). Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg was born in Stettin, Pomerania, Prussia in 1729. In a twist of fate, she came to power following a coup d'état that overthrew her...

    $125.00
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  • Ukrainian Girl Brooch

    Ukrainian Girl Brooch

    Ukrainian Girl with Traditional Flower Garland. (Українська дівчина з традиційною квіткової гірляндою). An exquisite museum-quality miniature oil painting of a young Ukrainian girl wearing a colorful folk costume and flower headdress. Very high quality...

    $125.00
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  • The Snowmaiden Brooch

    The Snowmaiden Brooch

    The Snowmaiden (Снегурочка). Shades of lilac and lavender mix with falling snowflakes. Deep blue eyes, dark hazel-color hair, cobalt blue coat and cap trimmed with white fur. Stunning portrait quality painting. Снегурочка (Snowmaiden) written bottom left...

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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 $55.00
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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...

    $50.00 $29.95
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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 glimmering gold kokoshnik (a traditional Russian headdress worn primarily...

    $65.00 $49.95
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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...

    $30.00 $19.95
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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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