Village Merriment (Сельское Веселье). The decorative elements on this detailed painted and carved box includes seven villagers, each in a distinctive Russian folk costume. The musicians play a bayan, a balalaika and keep time by clapping hands. The girls are encouraged to join in the fun. Village houses rise up from the distance. This is a complex scene box that is a good example of Russian decorative art. The box is in fine, almost new condition. Late 20th c. Zagorsk Artel production. 6¾"x 6¾"x 2¼". 1 only.
Cottage industry “kustar” work (Кустарная промышленность) was important for rural peasants and their families in parts of Russia starting in the 16th century. It developed extensively during the 19th century, producing a wide range of arts and crafts in wood, textile, and metal. Some of the more substantial enterprises later formed cooperatives and factories.