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Title: The Christ Our Savior Cathedral of Moscow
Artist: Mitusov Alexander
Size: 12.5x9.5x2.5
Size (inches): 5x3.75x1
Price : $850 SOLD!


With this enticing beauty, we enter the past. Alexander Mitusov of Fedoskino is the talented artist responsible for this impressionable composition. The lid's artistry, postcard perfect. There is an excellent contrast between shapes and colors alike. This is why Fedoskino realism has remained so popular. As it will be, into the future.
"The Christ Our Savior Cathedral", depicted in the background of the scene, was built in 1883 after nearly 50 years of construction. This should be the time period of the scene as well. It was then destroyed by the Soviets during the late 1930's, where they planned to build the failed Palace of the Soviets (it would have been a few meters taller than the Empire State Building). However, a bad foundation and WWII halted the construction. The foundation was dug out and became Europe's largest open air swimming pool. Shortly after the fall of communism in the early 1990's the idea of rebuilding the cathedral in all of its magnificence took shape. Today, after 5 years of construction, sculpting, and painting; the cathedral is once again open for religious services. The past greets the future.
The artist does a magnificent job with texture. The cathedral itself is painted a tad hazy since the fog hasn't lifted off the water entirely. The ships in the foreground have been painted with much more clarity. The colors of the sunrise and their reflection in the water is one of the true highlights of the piece. An inlay of mother-of-pearl that shines brightly through the water enhances this glow tenfold.
The box's exterior imitates a stone color (dark and light blue veins and blurry spots cover the black lacquered background). Aluminum punch-outs (or so called “silver scan patterns”) are used to decorate the outer edge of the lid and the lower half of the base.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to compose the exterior of the piece while red lacquer completes the interior of the box. A hinge has been fastened to the top of the composition, and the box rests on a flat bottom. The work is signed with the artist's name, Fedoskino, and the year of 2008.

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