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Title: Tale of a Hump-backed Horse
Artist: Bogdanov Vladimir
Size: 30x11.5x7
Size (inches): 12.5x4.5x3.5
Price : $1950 SOLD!


This large box was painted by a well-known and experienced Palekh artist, Vladimir Bogdanov(born 1956), whose favorite themes to depict are folklore and genre scenes. This talented artist is a participant of various exhibitions since 1985. His works are kept in the Art Fund of Russian Federation.
All four sides of the box and the box's lid are covered with beautiful miniatures that show various episodes from the tale of the Humpbacked Little Pony.
The box's left side shows the beginning of the story when Ivan caught the magic mare that trampled down wheat on his father's field. This mare promised Ivan to present three foals in exchange for freedom. Later two of these foals turned into the steeds with golden manes that are depicted on the front side of the box while the third one turned into the Humpbacked Little Pony.
The old greedy tsar obliged Ivan to fulfill different tasks, and the Humpbacked Little Pony always helped him. The scenes painted on the lid, and on the left and the right sides of the box show what errand Ivan had to fulfill. On the right side we can see Ivan who caught the Fire Bird for the tsar; the back side shows Ivan who brought the beautiful Tsar-Maiden for the tsar, and the lid shows realization of the last errand: instead of the tsar Ivan dipped himself in three cauldrons of boiling water, boiling milk and ice cold water, and transformed into a very handsome young man.
The palette is based in smooth yellows, greens, blues, reds and browns. Gold and aluminum paints are used to add intricate details that bring out the true beauty of the palette and develop the contours as well. The black background gives a sense of infinite depth to the scene, which is something Palekh artists have been doing in their paintings from the start. This is a classic example of Palekh lacquer miniature painting.
The box is constructed from papier-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the piece while red lacquer completes the interior of the box. The lid his hinged at top, and the box rests on four legs. Golden filigree designs adorn the edges of the lid and the sides of the box. The work is signed with the artist's name, Palekh and the year of 2019.

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