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Title: The Three Maidens at the Window
Artist: Bogachova Nina
Size (inches): 6x6.25x2
Famous Palekh Master Bogachova Nina has painted this composition based on well-known Pushkins phrase "If I would be a Tsarina..." World-known Tale of Tsar Sultan written by Pushkin is started with this phrase...
Three fair maidens, late one night,
Sat and spun by candlelight.
"Were our tsar to marry me,"
Said the eldest of the three,
"I would cook and I would bake -
Oh, what royal feasts I'd make."
Said the second of the three:
"Were our tsar to marry me,
I would weave a cloth of gold
Fair and wondrous to behold."
But the youngest of the three
Murmured: "If he married me -
I would give our tsar an heir
Handsome, brave, beyond compare."
At these words their chamber door
Gently creaked and lo, before
These three maidens' very eyes
Stood their tsar, to their surprise.
He had listened by their gate
Whither he'd been led by fate,
And the words that he heard last
Made his heart with love beat fast.
"Greetings, maiden fair," said he -
"My tsaritsa you shall be,
And, ere next September's done,
See that you bear me a son.
The shades of orange and brown are dominate in this traditionally painted Mstera composition. Gold paints are used to detail the costumes of the characters, the architecture and some of the plants.
The composition is framed with a golden dot ornament. Intricate floral pattern can be found wrapping around the box's sides.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the piece while red lacquer completes the interior of the work. The box rests on a wavy platform. A hinge has been fastened to the top of the composition.
The work is signed with the artist name,Palekh, dated (2018) and titled by the artist in gold paints under the composition.