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Title: Princess Frog
Artist: Shavirin Boris
Size: 7.5x16x3.5
Size (inches): 3x6.25x1.25
Price : $925 SOLD!


One day it was decreed that the Tsar's three sons would be married. The Tsar told them to take their bows and a single arrow out to the field. So they did and they were told that they would shoot an arrow and the nearest maiden standing to the arrow when it landed would be their bride. So the first two, older, brother shot their arrows and found that beautiful maidens would be theirs to wed.
Then came the turn of the youngest son, Ivan Tsarevich. Ivan drew back his bow and shot his arrow. But Ivan's arrow didn't find a maiden, it flew off into a swamp. To Ivan's great surprise, his arrow had landed next to a frog. His two older brothers laughed at him, and Ivan begged the Tsar not to make him marry the frog. But the Tsar understood the fate of young Ivan, and Ivan and the frog were married.
This piece was painted by a well-known artist Boris Shavirin of Fedoskino, it is based on an original composition by Gennady Larishev, which is shown in Nikolai Malakhov's book FEDOSKINO, as images 120 and 121. Another rendition is on page 41 of Lucy Maxym's book RUSSIAN LACQUER LEGENDS AND FAIRY TALES, published in 1997.
This handsome box shows the two central figures in the Russian tale The Princess Frog: Ivan Tsarevich, and his lovely bride to be.
The clothing worn by Ivan is definitely one of the highlights of the piece. A lots of gold can be found here! A large piece of mother-of-pearl is shines through the costure of a Ivan Tsarevich. Another piece of mother-of-pearl is shines through the body of a frog. The threes with the gold leaves acting as the background for the composition, builds beauty in the palette in large doses.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the box while red lacquer completes the interior of the piece.
The sides of the box are imitating the texture of a brown marble. The box has a hinge to the left of the composition and rests on a flat bottom. The artist wrote Fedoskino, 2017, and his name below the composition.
The box can go as a pair with another box of the same size, with Ivan on it. Number #008561, please contact us if you will be interested.

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