Polkhovsky Maidan Matryoshka Doll. Appreciation for older folk art style matryoshkas from traditional centers such as Polkhovsky Maidan and Krutets is growing both in Russia and abroad. The production of nesting dolls from Polkhovsky Maidan in the Nizhny Novgorod region began in the 1930's, and in Krutets, in the 1960's. Painting traditions were passed on from mothers and grandmothers to young girls. Rich compositions of flowers, leaves and berries with a red "shipovnik" in the center. This simple flower, known as a "dog" or "wild" rose is a legacy of the Cossacks. For a while in the 1990's, Polkh and Krutets dolls flourished, due to the heightened interest in all things Russian. Experienced lathe turners, a talent that require special skills, could make multi-nested sets. Unfortunately, these types of dolls are no longer made as the school of Maidan painting is almost lost, with no masters replacing older artists.
This is a 1980's vintage doll with characteristic black curls, "spiral" swirls and bright colors. A paper label in Russian glued to the bottom of the first doll identifies the year of production (1986) and the production association "Polkhovsky-Maidan painting" which brought together the artists of Krutets, Polkhovsky-Maidan and Voznesensk. In near fine condition. 6 nest, Approximately 9" in height. 1 only, as shown.