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Title: Donskoy Monastery of Moscow
Artist: Rogatov Vladimir
Size: 6x6x6
Size (inches): 2.25x2.25x2.25
Price : $475 SOLD!


This fascinating piece of Russian lacquer artistry was created by Fedoskino master Vladimir Rogatov. Rogatov's work is nothing short of superior. His creations frequent many publications exploring the subject of Russian lacquer miniatures.
The box shows the Moscow Donskoy Monastery. The Donskoy monastery was built due to a miracle. In 1591-1593 Kazy-Girey Khan from Crimea besieged Moscow. Getting ready for the battle, tsar Fedor and all Muscovites prayed to the Donskaya Icon of Mother of God for help. Divine mercy was shown: invaders suddenly left Moscow in an inexplicable fear. So, as a sign of gratitude to this holy icon, tsar Fedor founded the Donskoy monastery. It is considered that the icon was painted by Feofan Grek, the famous Russian painter. At present the icon is displayed at the State Tretyakovskaya Gallery.
The box is constructed out of paper-mache. The scene is framed with a gold line; gold line can be also found wrapping around the edges of the lid. From the top and the bottom of the scene the artist has written the title of the work: "The Donskoy Monastery. Moscow 1852."
The box's sides are decorated with Vladimir Rogatov's favorite tartan patterns painted in light yellow and red oils, and framed with two parallel gold lines. The box's exterior is covered with dark blue lacquer, while the interior is traditionally covered with red lacquer. The lid is hinged from the top of the scene, and the box rests on a flat bottom. The work is signed with the artist's name, the title, Fedoskino an the year of 2008.

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