Nested Easter Egg. Made in Krutets, last quarter of the 20th century. 4" and 2½" in height. Very good condition, 1 only. Uncommon.
Genuine folk art from Krutets. Both have ХВ in Russian, which is the acronym for Христос Воскрес (Christ is Risen). The larger egg has a hen on a basket next to berries and the smaller egg is decorated with the church in Polkhov Maidan. The painting is naive enough to suggest that it was done by children, not uncommon in the region.
In the Voznesensky district of Nizhny Novgorod (formerly Gorky) region, the village of Krutets is nearby neighbor to the better known towns of Polkhov Maidan and Semenov. In Krutets, craftsmanship is more experimental in terms of shapes and forms. Artists strive to create something new - they don't like to repeat themselves. Very often landscapes, images of animals, people, and temples are found on the toys. The designs are applied immediately, without a preliminary drawing. The artist will add traditional black strokes and apply darker colors to the flowers and leaves. Oil paints and aniline dyes are combined for effect. Krutets folk art includes small boxes, mushrooms with removable caps, nesting dolls and eggs. Work from Krutets can be pronounced "крутецкие" (krutetskiye) or "крутцовские" (kruttsovskiye).