Summer - Detail [Mucha] Lacquer Box. Elegant hand painted lacquer box inlaid with mother of pearl with a detail from "Summer", originally by Mucha. Signed and titled both on the front. Fedoskino, circa 2008. Papier-mache, oils, lacquer, metallic powders, mother of pearl inlay. Approximately 3" x 2½" x 1". Hinged.
Summer is the second of a four-part series of lithographed decorative panels entitled The Seasons produced by Alphonse Mucha in 1896.
Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), born in Moravia (present day Czech Republic), was an Art Nouveau illustrator and painter. Art Nouveau, an international style of art, was a link between the visual 19th century styles and intense 20th century modernism. It influenced architecture, as well as the applied arts such as glasswork, ceramics, jewelry, furniture and household silver. The style derived from flowers and other plants, leaves and tendrils and vines, at first widely seen in Mucha's posters. It is sometimes called the "Tiffany Style", and linked to the German "Jugendstil".