Rooster Girl (Девушка с петухом). Delicately and carefully painted rooster girl is an affectionate homage to the very first Russian matryoshka doll (see below). Wood burnt and painted in a wide range of colors. The first, or head, doll is a young girl holding a rooster, followed by a girl with a basket, another with a sickle, a little girl holding a doll and the last doll holding a round loaf of bread. 5 nest. 6½" down to 1½". Made in St. Petersburg, Russia. Signed by the artist. 1 only.
The original first matryoshka is on display at the National Museum of Toys (formerly The Zagorsk Museum of Toys). It appeared in Moscow in the 1890's and was carved by Vasily Petrovich Zvyozdochkin (1876-1956) from a design by Sergey Vasilyevich Malyutin (1859-1937). In 1919, the matryoshka was acquired by the museum, where is has been on display for 100 years. The National Museum of Toys was founded in Moscow in 1918. In 1931 the museum’s collection was transferred to Sergiev Posad (known as Zagorsk from 1930 to 1991). Within the museum are more than 150,000 works of art from Russia, America and worldwide
The original is found in Russian Toys: From the Collection of the Zagorsk Museum of Toys USSR (Moscow): Sovietskaya Rossiya, 1987, by G. Dain. Pg. 104, plate 99.