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Title: Boyarynya Sitting at the Window
Artist: Antonov Viktor Danilovich
Size: 15.5x19.5x5
Size (inches): 6x7.75x2
Price : $750 SOLD!


This enticing Fedoskino box is a splendid example of how Russian lacquer miniature artists are able to bring hand-painted masterpieces into common people's homes. “Boyarynya Sitting at the Window” as this work is entitled was originally painted on canvas by Konstantin Makovsky in 1885. This masterpiece is exhibited in the Omsk Region Art Museum after M.A. Vrubel.
K. Makovsky (1839-1915) is a Russian painter, a representative of academic romanticism. He created many historical paintings and scenes from the daily life of ancient Russia. His genius creations help to imagine vividly the way of life in Russia in the middle ages including fashion, habits, traditions, design and furnishing of living quarters.
The young woman depicted here is a representative of the powerful boyar class. Very often boyars were relatives of the royal family's members that is why this class could exert influence on a tsar's political decisions. She is dressed in the festive traditional Russian costume made out of rich, silken fabric and adorned with needlework, gold metallic lace and precious stones. Her head-dress or ‘kokoshnik' is the sign that she is married as married women in ancient Russia weren't allowed to uncover their hair in public.
The creator of this box has wonderfully entwined the realism of Makovsky with the magical beauty of Fedoskino miniature. He has mixed brightly colored oil paints with gold and aluminum to accentuate richness of the woman's costume. Aluminum paint also shines through the blue sky that is seen through the window.
The scene is framed with a gold line; the box's sides are decorated with two parallel gold lines.
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. A hinge is fastened to the left of the scene, and the box rests on legs. The work is signed with the artist's initials (A.V.-Antonov Viktor), and the year of 2007.

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