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Title: Moscow Boyarinya
Artist: Vladimir Yemelianov
Size: 18x15x4.5
Size (inches): 7x5.75x1.75
Price : $1450 SOLD!


Renowned Fedoskino painter, Vladimir Yemelyanov, created this beautiful piece. It features a young boyarynya (or a representative of the powerful boyar class that dominated Muscovite politics in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries) sitting on the bench and spinning yarn. Her grandmother has entered the room to say that her husband returned, and it's time to have supper.
The artist has splendidly painted the interior of the room furnished according to the fashion of that epoch. The traditional Russian attire of both characters is painted with a great care, and attention to minute details. But what really makes this work a true masterpiece is the artist's ability to reproduce realistically a scanty light of burning candles that illuminates everything in the room including human figures.
Dark brown and dark red tones dominate here as they are suitable for depiction of the scanty lit room of a wooden house. Mother-of-pearl is set into the girl's kokoshnik and sarafan to draw the viewer's attention to her splendidly painted figure. Mother-of-pearl also shines through the window creating the depth of the scene.
The scene is framed with the intricate gold pattern that consists of an infinite number of scrolls. Two strings of the same gold patterns run parallel wrapping around the box's sides, and the space between them is filled with complex gold floral patterns. Brilliantly done!
The box's exterior is covered with the brown lacquer that tones perfectly with the palette of the depicted scene; the interior is traditionally red.
The box is constructed from quality paper-mache. The lid is hinged from the left of the scene, and the box sits flat. Signed with the artist's name, the village of Fedoskino, and the year of 2006.

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