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Title: Kremlin of the town of Dmitrov in the evening
Artist: Isaev Igor
Size: 25.5x19x9.5
Size (inches): 10x7.5x3.75
Price: $23500

The Top 10 Fedoskino artist Igor Isaev is fond of painting architecture of old Russian provincial towns. He has already created a series of works drawn on this theme, and this box that features the old Russian town, Dmitrov, continues this series.
Town of Dmitrov was founded by Yury Dolgoruky in 1154 deep in the woods at the site where his son Vsevolod was born. Its name is explained by the fact that Vsevolod's patron saint was St. Demetrius.
In the 13th century, the settlement marked a point where the borders of the Grand Duchy of Moscow, Tver, and Pereslavl-Zalessky converged. The settlement itself belonged to the princes of Galich-Mersky, located much to the north, until 1364, when it was incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Moscow. Both Dmitry Donskoy and his grandson Vasily II granted Dmitrov as an appanage to their younger sons, so Dmitrov was the capital of a tiny principality. In 1374, it was given town rights.
The reign of Ivan III's son Yury Ivanovich (1503-1533) inaugurated the golden age of Dmitrov. It is during his reign that the black-domed Assumption Cathedral in the kremlin and a smaller monastery cathedral of Sts. Boris and Gleb were built. Thereafter, the town passed to Yury's brother, Andrey of Staritsa. In 1569, it was seized from Vladimir of Staritsa, added to the Oprichnina and consequently went into a decline. The town suffered further damage during the Time of Troubles, when it was ransacked by the Poles.
The artist masterfully painted the 18th century architecture. Silver paint highlights the foliage of trees and bushes as the action takes place in winter. Gold paint shines through the roofs, through the clouds painted on the top of the lid. The composition is framed with the golden band.
The box's exterior that is free from painting is covered with light grey paint; and this light gray area is studded with tiny dark grey veins. The box's interior is traditionally red .
The box is constructed from paper-mache. The lid is hinged to the top of the scene. Signed with the artist's name, the village of Fedoskino, the year of 2015 and the title ("Kremlin of the town of Dmitrov in the evening").
Fine box!

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