The Peddlers or Korobeiniki. (Коробе́йники). Based on a nineteenth-century Russian folk song derived from a somewhat dark poem of the same name by Nikolay Nekrasov (1821-1878). Korobeiniki were peddlers who sold fabric, notions, books and other small items in Russia. Metaphorically, the song symbolizes courtship between the peddler and a girl haggling over the goods that appear from out of the peddler's box (korobushka in Russian means box).
Fedoskino, circa 1985. Materials used are oil paints, papier-mache, metallic powders and lacquer. 3½" x 4" x 1⅜". Difficult to make out artist's signature bottom right, as it blends in with the painting. Some light wear to bottom, otherwise about fine. 1 only.