Large Vintage Khokhloma Kovsh with Eight Matching Scoops (Хохломская гусь). The form of a bird is one of the most popular in Russian decorative art. This centuries-old tradition naturally transferred the beauty and smooth lines of a duck, goose or swan to a vessel for water (the famous Russian "Kovsh" - Ковш). This was done without the need to copy the actual bird, but to create a graceful handle and neckline. From this impulse, the marriage of art and form produced the decorated Khokhloma kovsh.
Vintage carving from one piece of wood and adorned with intricate and elegant paintings. Gently used condition with a tiny bit of edge wear. Made in the early 1990's. 8½" height, 17" length.
Khokhloma production centers goes back more than three centuries. At first, simple dishes amd spoons were painted by peasants living in villages located around Khokhloma: Novopokrovskoye, Semino, Khryaschi and Kuligino (Новопокровское, Сёмино, Хрящи и Кулигино). The first settlers of these well-hidden villages icon painters and masters of handwritten miniatures. Wooden utensils were produced in many places: Sergiev Posad and in the Kirillo-Belozersky monasteries, in Moscow, Yaroslavl, Tver, Kostroma and Kaluga.