Winter Troika (Зимняя Тройка). A fine lacquer box by Anatoly Vladimirovich Vlezko (Анатолий Владимирович Влезько). Born in Palekh in 1966, Anatoly Vladimirovich studied at the Palekh Art College from 1981-1986. He worked in the Palekh art and production workshops from 1986-1989. Anatoly Vladimirovich is the son of merited artist Vladimir Aleksandrovich Vlezko (1944-).
The art studio and workshop "Palekh Iconostasis" was founded in Palekh in 1996 by Anatoly Vlezko and Yury Fedorov, another Palekh artist. They started from scratch with no capital or experience. The iconostases created in their workshop can be found both in churches in Russia: Moscow, Minsk, Sevastopol, Ryazan, Irkutsk, Kazan and many others, as well as churches in Europe.
Papier-mache box with hinged lid, egg tempera paints, lacquer. Detailed decorative freehand scroll border in gold. Signed by the artist in gold. Approximately 6½" x 4" x 1½". 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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