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This attractive and complex composition was painted by a well-known Palekh artist Olga Trofimova.
Here the artist has depicted scenes from the most popular Russian fairy-tales Snowmaiden or Snegurochka in Russian.
The composition of this box is very interesting and remind us that Palekh lacquer miniature painting came from and based on iconic style of painting. If you will take a look at some of the icons, you will see that around major large painting might be several so called stamps or the smaller paintings usually located in the corners.
The composition is originally designed. It is separated into the three parts.
In the central composition we can see Lel and Snegurochka surround the villagers making a declaration of love to each other. A little above to the left the artist depicts Snegurochka's parents, Fairy Spring and Father Frost. To the right from the central scene we can see another Snegurochka's suitor, Mizgir.
Blue, red and white tones are dominated here. Olga is a master of layering and this is reflected through the texture of the landscape and the leaves of the trees. Gold paint is used to underline the costumes of the characters, trees and the hills of landscape.
The tale was also adapted into an opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Gold and aluminum paints are used to paint the attractive patterns that frames the box's lid, and wraps around the sides of the box.
The box is constructed out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. The lid has a hinge at the top of the painting, and the box sits on four legs. The work is signed with the artist name and Palekh.