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Title: Dual-sided box:Summer time!
Artist: Smirnova Natalie Nikolaevna
Size: 14.5x9.5x3.5
Size (inches): 5.75x3.75x1.25
Price: $499 $465

This dual-sided purse-shaped box has been painted by Nataliya Smirnova from the village of Palekh. Two sides of the box shows a summer activity of Russian villagers.
Having gone away from a village, lad and girl stroll in the woods, filling their baskets with ripe, mellow berries. Not only people, but also different beasts like to eat with delight mellow berries. Forests in Russia are rich in different gifts of nature. It's possible to find there a variety of different kind of berries such as the wild raspberry and strawberry, the whortle-berry, the cranberry and in-numerous number of mushrooms. On the other ided of the box we can see a romantic pair of the same girl and lad in a small wooden boat.
The palette is based on earth tones that convey the sense of the rural atmosphere. Gold paint details a majority of the scene, which makes the details bring the scene to life. The entire scene sparkles brightly with gold as well.
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. The exterior is decorated with rich and intricate gold ornaments. A hinge is fastened to the bottom of both the scenes, and the box rests on a flat bottom.
The work is signed with the artist's name, Palekh, and the year of 2011.

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