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Title: Peter the Great
Artist: Kuznetsov
Size: 9x10.5x4
Price : $345 SOLD!


This nicely executed portrait of Tsar Peter the Great was created by Fedoskino artist Kuznetsov. The realistic nature of the artwork recalls the fine portraits the late 18th or early 19th centuries. Peter the Great was the reformer of Russian political system who carried out the policy of Westernization of Russia. Being a talented and resolute personality, he managed to found the Russian fleet and enlarge considerably the territory of Russian state. As a result of Russian- Swedish wars the territories of Lithuania, Estonia and Ingria were joined to Russia. In Ingria Peter the Great established the well-known town of St.-Petersburg, that is one of the most beautiful towns in the world and is considered to be the second capital of Russia.
The portrait is painted against the dark olive background that is restful to the eye and doesn't distract the viewer's attention from the skillfully painted face. The tsar's costume is also very well drawn. The artist neatly reproduces the dark olive coat that successfully harmonizes with the background of the same color. The bright red cloak adorned with white fur and precious stones covers the coat and beautifully vivifies the monotonous dark olive palette of the entire composition.
The portrait is painted on a small platform decorated with a simple gold line. The edges of the lid are adorned with the gold line complicated with four filigree designs (in the middle of each side). The same design of a gold line complicated with four filigree but a little bigger in size wraps around the sides of the box.
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 work. The box has a hinge from the left of the composition and rests on a flat bottom. The Fedoskino "troika" insignia can be found on the interior of the lid. The box is signed with the artist's name, village and year (2002).

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