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Palekh miniature painting (Палехская миниатюра) is, among all the Russian lacquer art styles, the most delicate and the most sought after. It first appeared around 1923, and its predecessors were icon painters. Thus, during the era of Soviet Russia, Palekh was a kind of sublimated iconography. The artists are known for their smooth design, abundance of golden shading, and accurate silhouettes of flattened figures. Bright tempera paints are used over a black background. Tempera is a difficult medium in which to work and is unforgiving in its outcomes. Landscapes and architecture, and elongated proportions of the figures harken back to the icon painting traditions. All of the boxes here for sale are genuine Palekh. Each box is a unique work of art as only one single painting is made by one artist, who becomes its author. 

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  • Sts. Joachim and Anna [Palekh Icon]  1990s

    Sts. Joachim and Anna [Palekh Icon] 1990s

    This Orthodox icon is known as the Feast of of the Conception of the Virgin Mary [the inscription is the title in Slavonic]. Husband and wife, Joachim and Anna, parents of Mary, the mother of Jesus, are painted embracing at the Golden Gate of Jerusalem...
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  • Icon of St. George and the Dragon

    St. George and the Dragon [Palekh Icon] 1990s

    St George (Святой Георгий). This icon depicts The Great Martyr St. George and the Dragon (also known as the Trophy Bearer or Victory Bearer). He was a Christian Roman soldier, born in the late 3rd century in Cappadocia to a Palestinian mother. St. George...
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  • Palekh Icon of St. George

    St. George and the Dragon [Palekh Icon] 1990s

    St George (Святой Георгий). This icon depicts The Great Martyr St. George and the Dragon (also known as the Trophy Bearer or Victory Bearer). He was a Christian Roman soldier, born in the late 3rd century in Cappadocia to a Palestinian mother. St. George...
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  • The Snow Maiden (Palekh 1971)

    The Snow Maiden (Palekh 1971)

    Lel and The Snow Maiden (Лель и Снегурочка). The scene is based on the opera in four acts with a prologue by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), composed during the years 1880–1881. Alexander Ostrovsky (1823-1886) wrote the play in 1873. Pyotr...
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  • The Partisans [Palekh]

    The Partisans [Palekh]

    Partisans (Партизаны). O. Belishev (О. Белышев). Hinged papier-mache box, egg tempera paints, metallic powders, lacquer. 5" x 3" x 1¼". Some light but barely noticeable signs of use. 1 only, as shown. The partisans were members of the...
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  • A fine genuine Palekh lacquer box by Yulia Germanovna Konovalova (Юлия Германовна Коновалова (Штыкова), who was born in 1956. From 1971 until 1976, she studied at the Palekh Art School and subsequently was employed in the Palekh art-production workshops through 1991.

    Encounter [Palekh] Konovalova

    Encounter (Неожиданная встреча). This small box is adorned with eight figures, seven of whom are portrayed participating in a traditional round dance, and one balalaika player. A small village hut stands to the side. The trees indicate that the season is...
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  • The Proposal [Palekh] Kukharkina

    The Proposal [Palekh] Kukharkina

    The Proposal (Предложение). A young couple outfitted in traditional village folk clothing sit across from one another in a small wooden boat docked by the banks of the river. It is bathed in moonlight. The boy, who wears a flower crown, has picked three...
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  • Duck Hunting (Утиная охота). Duck Hunting (Утиная охота). Hunting scenes in Russian art are a genre inherited from the 18th and 19th centuries. Two hunters, together with their presumably faithful hound, pursue ducks for dinner while ensconced in their small boat in the lagoon.

    Duck Hunting [Palekh]

    Duck Hunting (Утиная охота). Hunting scenes in Russian art are a genre inherited from the 18th and 19th centuries. Two hunters, together with their presumably faithful hound, pursue ducks for dinner while ensconced in their small boat in the lagoon...
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  • Fisherman and the Goldfish [Palekh] by Kochupalov

    Fisherman and the Goldfish [Palekh] Kochupalov

    Fisherman and the Goldfish (Сказка о рыбаке и рыбке). The old man and his wife live in impoverished circumstances. One day, while out fishing, the old man catches a golden fish, that, in return for freedom, promises to grant the old man any wish he...
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  • Boat Ride (Поездка по лодке) Papier-mache, egg tempera paints, lacquer. Detailed decorative freehand scroll border in gold. Signed by the artist in gold and dated 1990.

    A Pastoral Boat Ride [Palekh]

    Boat Ride (Поездка по лодке).  A pastoral scene of a young romatic couple on the lake sit passively in a small rowboat. All that is being said is via silence and gestures. An elegant miniature (approx. 1¾"x1") box.  Papier-mache, egg...
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  • Winter Troika [Palekh] Yu. Zhegalov

    Winter Troika [Palekh] Yu. Zhegalov

    Winter Troika (Зимняя Тройка) by Yury Viktorovich Zhegalov (Юрий Викторович Жегалов) (1927-1992). Born in Palekh, Yury Viktorovich studied at the Palekh Art School from 1943-1948 and, in 1951, graduated from the Moscow School of Industrial Art. From...
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    Haymaking Time [Palekh] Maksimova

    SOLD! Haymaking Time [Palekh] Maksimova

    Haymaking Time (Пора Сенокоса). The process of harvesting feed for animal husbandry, generally in July, is critical, and should be done before or at the beginning of flowering, which guarantees a maximum nutrient content. Being late, even for a couple of...
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    Winter Troika Lacquer Box (Palekh) Yevgeniy Vasilievich Krylov (Евгений Васильевич Крылов)

    Winter Troika [Palekh] Krylov

    Winter Troika (Зимняя тройка). A dynamic troika charges forcefully through a turbulent winter storm. The young couple is oblivious while the driver urges the steeds onward. A troika's system utilizes the center horse holding to a straight line while...
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  • Troika in the Woods [Palekh] by Nadezhda Aleksandrovna Khomykova

    Troika in the Woods [Palekh] Khomykova

    Troika in the Woods [Palekh] Тройка в Лесу (Палех). A fine lacquer box by Nadezhda Aleksandrovna Khomykova (Надежда Александровна Хомякова) who was born in 1957. From 1975 until 1980, Nadezhda Aleksandrovna studied at the Palekh Art School and...
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