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Title: Tale of the Magic Pike
Artist: Molodkin Nikolay
Size: 20x20x5
Size (inches): 8x8x2
Price : $1950 SOLD!


This magnificient piece of genuine Russian artistry was composed by the talented Nikolay Molodkin from the village of Mstera. It shows the key episodes from the popular Russian fairy-tale "By the Pike's Will" or "Emelya and the Magic Pike".
In short, this tale is about a young man who finds a special fish when he goes to get water from the river. In return for releasing her, the Magic Pike offers to fulfill Emelia's wishes. Being a lazy fellow, Emelya light-heartedly uses magic forces, asking the pike to help him to perform his chores while he relaxes. He orders his water-pails to go home by itself, which they do, much to the surprise of his sisters-in-law. Then he orders the sledge to go by itself to the nearest forest where his ax falls wood for the fire. Afterwards he gets to the tsar's palace, riding a stove. In the palace he meets the tsar's daughter and falls in love with her. The tale ends happily and in the end Emelya marries the tsar's daughter.
The scene shows key episode from this tale: Emelya sits on the stove that goes by itself straight to the Tsar's palace (painted on the left hand side), where he will meet the Tsar's daughter, his future wife. The right upper corner shows Emelya riding the sledge full of fire wood without the horse.
The colors are very soft and the tonality is subdued to convey the frozen sense of winter. The artist uses gold paint to accent the composition and make a viewer want to be attracted to it. Every detail is delicately manipulated for a great overall effect. The ground produces most of the action with its swirling currents of snow. This painting is full of life and motion!
The box is constructed from paper-mache. The edges of the lid and its sides are decorated with beautiful gold and color patterns. The exterior of the box is painted with black lacquer while the interior is completed with dark red lacquer. The lid is hinged at the top of the composition and the box rests on the four small round legs. The work is signed with the artists name, title and village under the composition on the lid.

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