Stone Flower (Каменный цветок). A complex adult-toned story from the Malachite Box collection of tales by Pavel Bazhov (1879-1950). In this elegant depiction, Katya, the fiance of Danilo the Craftsman, holds the Flower of Stone in her hand while looking down upon it. The Stone Flower is a symbol of the magical power of stone and its absolute beauty.
A fine example of the quality of Kalinin workmanship from the early to mid 1970's. Lots of details including long braids, the triangular headdress (kokoshnik), the abstract tree with leaves, and all colorfully painted. Mounted on a slice of wood. 9½" in height. In fine condition. 1 only.
Turned souvenir toys were very popular for a short while in Russia prior to the breakup of the USSR. Manufacture included a variety of figures of people, birds and animals as well as group compositions that were made from wooden parts produced on a turning lathe. Kalinin toys were particularly creative - full of imagination and humor. The toys were designed and painted in a terse style: two dots and three straight lines for eyes, eyebrows and nose; two round spots and a curve for the mouth and cheeks. This same laconic style was used for the costumes, which did not, however, lose their specific national features. These toys are very attractive, small and inexpensive and have a great emotional affinity to wooden carved toys.