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Title: Oh! That a Dream So Sweet, So Long Enjoyed, Should Be So Sadly, Cruelly Destroyed
Artist: Dokuchaeva Alimpiada
Size: 9.5x12.5x2.5
Size (inches): 3.75x5x1
Price : $495 SOLD!


This beautiful box is an exceptional creation of talented Fedoskino artist, Alimpiada Dokuchaeva. The world-known composition “Oh! that a dream so sweet, so long enjoyed, Should be so sadly, cruelly destroyed” painted in 1872 by John Everett Millais inspired Dokuchaeva 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.
The Irish poet Thomas Moore's Indian romance of 1817, Lalla Rookh, was popular in art from the Romantic period. Millais's evocative female beauty, fashion, and floral accessories are painted with the active brushwork characteristic of his maturity and inspired by Velázquez. His image of exotic disillusionment is as removed from Moore's imagined East (the poet had never travelled to India) as it was from 1872, and forms a play on artificiality and painterly performance.
The painting is kept in a private collection, courtesy of Peter Nahum at The Leicester Galleries, London.
The painting on the box 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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