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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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  • Winter Troika [Palekh] A. Vlezko

    Winter Troika [Palekh] A. Vlezko

    Winter Troika (Зимняя Тройка).  A fine lacquer box by Anatoly Vladimirovich Vlezko (Анатолий Владимирович Влезько). Born in Palekh in 1966, Anatoly Vladimirovich studied at the Palekh Art College from 1981-1986. He worked in the Palekh art...
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  • Svarog the Blacksmith [Palekh] Barkhatkin

    Svarog the Blacksmith [Palekh] Barkhatkin

    Blacksmith. Svarog (Сварог) is considered the god of fire and blacksmithing. His children are Svarozhits and Dazhbog (Helios). He is the equivalent of Hephaestus (Vulcan). He is mentioned, though only once, in the Slavic translation of the Chronicle of...
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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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  • Summer Troika [Palekh] Pozhidaev

    Summer Troika [Palekh] Pozhidaev

    Summer Troika (Летняя Тройка). In 1990, in Palekh, a young and up-and-coming artist (see short bio below) had just finished the painstakingly difficult process of painting this box. At that time, he worked in what was still the "USSR", as marked in gold...
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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

    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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  • Palekh Troika in the Woods  Yulia Germanovna Konovalova (Юлия Германовна Коновалова (Штыкова)

    Winter Sleigh Ride [Palekh] Konovalova

    Winter Sleigh Ride (Palekh Troika) (Тройка в Лесу (Палехская Тройка).  A fine lacquer box by Yulia Germanovna Konovalova (Юлия Германовна Коновалова (Штыкова), who was born in 1956. From 1971 until 1976, Yulia Germanovna studied at the Palekh Art...
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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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  • Partisans [Palekh]

    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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  • Ruslan and Ludmila (Руслан и Людмила) by Alexey I. Zaitsev

    Ruslan and Ludmila [Palekh] Zaitsev

    Ruslan and Ludmila (Руслан и Людмила).  Alexey Ivanovich Zaitsev (Алексей Иванович Зайцев), Palekh, mid-20th century. Alexey Ivanovich was born in 1921. From 1937-1947 he studied at the Palekh Art School and was taught by legendary founders of...
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