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Title: Pinochio/Buratino
Artist: Kornilova Natalie
Size: 22.5x15.5x7
Size (inches): 10x6x2.75
Price: $1495 $1100

This enchanting piece was painted by a talented Palekh artist Kornilova Natalie. This artist uses a choice of color which is enhanced through fine technique and precise execution!
The box features the story derived from the timeless classic, made famous by Walt Disney, "Pinochio". When the well-known Russian writer Aleksey Tolstoy was a child, he often read a very interesting book "Pinochio or the adventures a wooden puppet". But soon the boy lost his favorite book and began to retell the story to his friends, devising new adventures by himself. Many years passed and young Aleksey soon became a prominent writer. It was then when Tolstoy decided to write his own version of the story which he loved so much in his childhood.
Here we see story on canvas. The colors come in a vivid splash of delicious animation. Fine brushwork must be used to develop the surreal detail of each character portrayed on the box. We see young Buratino, with Golden Key in hand, racing away from the evil Karabas-Barabas and his partner in crime Duremar. Karabas-Barabas takes the place of the Stromboli character seen in "Pinochio". To the right we notice the con artists, Alisa the Fox and the blind cat Basilio. On numerous occasions they attempt to steal Buratino's gold coins. The sign above these two points to the "Fools's Land", where they tell Buratino he will have great fan and adventure. The two characters crouching down on the left hand side are the beautiful puppet girl Malvina; her home is at the top of the composition; and to her left is the melancholy puppet Pierot. The bat painted on the piece is the Black Bat that helps Buratino escape from Malvina's shed, where she locked him earlier out of frustration with his antics. All these delightful characters bring a dynamic energy to the entire piece.
Shades of forest and lime green breath detail into the woods and the grassy surroundings. Vibrant oranges, creamy blues, lilac and lavender compose the clothing of the characters and the remaining imagery of the landscape. The artist does an amazing job with gold contours. Because of these golden highlights, the entire piece casts a blooming radiance from off its surface. The beard of the angry Karabs-Barabas, the foliage and the Rooster which Buratino rides are of particular note.
The box is constructed out of paper-mache. Fanciful golden scrollwork frames the lid's composition.The sides of the bx are showing different moments of the story: the beggining, when Papa Carlo has hand-curved Pinochio, the theater of Karabas-Barabas, again Cat Basilio and Alice the Fox, who are stealing golden coins. The edges of the sides of the box are decorated with a pattern of swirling golden filigree.
Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the piece. The box is hinged from the top of the composition and rests on a flat bottom. It is signed with the artist's name, Tale of the Golden Key and the village of Palekh.

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