Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Round Box (Троице-сергиев монастырь сергиев посад). An elegant vintage polychrome box from Zagorsk (today Sergiev Posad), which is the oldest center for the production of this type craft in Russia. A favorite theme for decoration was the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius with its powerful fortress walls and church architecture. This most important monastery is the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church.
In our experience, a box of this type is quite scarce. While probably made in the mid to late 1960's, the work is by a master schooled in a mature style derived from pre-war decoration skills. 4¼" diameter, 3" in height. There is some mild wear at the top commensurate with the age of the box. Colors are bright and overall condition is about fine. Some markings at the bottom of the box.
Pokerwork, also known as pyrography, has been around for 500 years as a decorative element. It was in the late 19th century that painting combined with pokerwork became popular. The main ornamental composition is drawn in the wood with a heated needle. This picture is then painted in simple or complex color schemes, then coated with lacquer. Common themes include Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius, with its powerful and ancient fortress walls from the 15th-18th centuries. Other compositions depict folk festivals, fairy tales, and village themes.