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Title: Making Sauerkraut
Artist: Buzovkin Iliya
Size: 10.5x8.5x3.5
Size (inches): 4x3.25x1.25
Price : $250 SOLD!


This attractive Fedoskino box was painted by Ilya Buzovkin. The composition shows a scene from peasant daily life. Two beautiful girls and a lad make sauerkraut. Sauerkraut is one of the most favorite dishes in Russia. Since old times till nowadays, it's greatly loved by Russians. Quite often modern housewives, as well as their grandmothers, great-grandmothers and great-great-grandmothers, make sauerkraut by themselves. Stored up sauerkraut may be kept in jars and barrels for a whole winter long.
The composition is painted in bright colors against the black background. The black background enhances the radiance and brightness of the presentation. To paint the characters the artist uses three distinct blue, red and olive tones, to create a contrast on each of them. Small pieces of metallic gold foil are used to decorate their costumes. The artist uses these metallic effects in a rather understated manner, so that they do not overpower the drawing; on the contrary they make the piece look more decorative and beautiful. The characters are painted with great life. Their features are very visible and lifelike; their costumes are neatly detailed.
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 sides of the box are decorated with the beautiful gold floral patterns. The box has a hinge from the top 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 (2003).

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