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 School and subsequently was employed in the Palekh art-production workshops through 1991. Papier-mache, egg tempera paints, lacquer. Detailed decorative freehand scroll border in gold. A beautiful box, signed by the artist. Approximately 3½" x 1¾" x 1¼ 1 only.
The troika is the classic theme of Russian art, including lacquer miniatures. The famous sleigh or carriage that is pulled by three horses is both a symbol of old Russia and a symbol of contemporary Palekh. The color palette is traditional: red and gold for the horses and blue for the icy snow.
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