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Title: Cherry Ripe(1879)
Artist: Dokuchaev Yevgeniy
Size: 9.5x12.5x2.5
Size (inches): 3.75x5x1
Price : $495 SOLD!


This beautiful box is an exceptional creation of talented Fedoskino artist, Yevgeniy Dokuchaev. The world-famous composition "Cherry Ripe" painted in 1879 by John Everett Millais inspired Dokuchaev to create this work.
John Everett Millais(1829- 1896) was an English Pre-Raphaelite painter and illustrator. He was born in Southampton, England in 1829, of a prominent Jersey-based family. His prodigious artistic talent won him a place at the Royal Academy schools at the unprecedented age of eleven. His early works were painted with great attention to detail, often concentrating on the beauty and complexity of the natural world. By the 1870s Millais was the most successful artist in Britain, earning an impressive £30,000 annually and gaining international stature through exposure at a succession of World's Fairs!
In 1879 John Everett Millais painted Cherry Ripe, a charming little girl dressed up in a white dress and extravagant mop cap. The title, borrowed from a seventeenth- century poem, alludes the cherries at the child's side. Although a portrait of a publisher William Luson Thomas's grand niece in a fancy dress, the picture was destined for graphic reproduction rather than the ancestral portrait gallery. Thomas commissioned Millais to provide an image calculated to sell the copies of the Graphic Christmas Annual. And indeed it did: the annual featuring this pretty picture-stapled into the centerfold of the 1880 Christmas number and printed large in color-sold 500,000 copies. Judging from demand, that number could easily have been doubled if printing technology had been up to the task.
Cherry Ripe is an English folk song to words by the English poet Robert Herrick (1591-1674), which contains the refrain,

Cherry ripe, cherry ripe,
Ripe I cry,
Full and fair ones
Come and buy.
Cherry ripe, cherry ripe,
Ripe I cry,
Full and fair ones
Come and buy.
The painting is framed with a gold line; the box's sides are decorated with two parallel gold lines.
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. A hinge is fastened to the left of the portrait, and the box rests on a flat bottom. The work is signed with the artist's name and the author of this portrait's original: Millais.

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