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Title: Fedora's Misery
Artist: Orlova Natalie
Size: 6x14.5x4
Size (inches): 2.25x5.75x1.5
Price : $690 SOLD!


This original box was painted by the talented Fedoskino artist Natalya Orlova. It shows a fragment from the humorous children's verse written by the Soviet poet Samuel Marshak which is called "Fedora's Misery". Fedora is a lazy woman who doesn't want to wash dishes and to clean her house. She is very untidy and little children mustn't follow her example. Fedora's pots and pans are very unhappy because she doesn't clean them. In the middle of this story pots and pans decide to escape from Fedora's house and later they are able to do it successfully. When Fedora wants to cook soup, she can't find a saucepan, when she wishes to drink tea she can't find cups and even glasses. Fedora cries bitterly, and doesn't know what to do. In the end of the story Fedora meets the Wash-Stand who is the chief of all pots and pans. He explains Fedora why her plates and cups have escaped from her. Fedora promises him that she will keep her house properly. Her pots and pans believe her and decide to return to her house.
In the composition the artist depicts the moment of the story when plates and dishes escape from Fedora. Gold metal leaf is inlaid in the area of Fedora's sleeveless jacket. A piece of mother-of-pearl is inlaid in the part of Fedora's skirt together with the plate and the spoon that are depicted near it. Aluminum and gold paints are also used to detail the composition. These decorative elements help the artist to create an aesthetically beautiful composition.
The exterior of the box is covered with dark blue and light blue oil paints that form together an original pattern. The interior of the box is traditionally red. The sides of the box are supplementary decorated with the miniatures of following kitchen utensils: a brush, spoons, plates, a grater, cups and others. On the base of the box the artist creates the miniature of Fedora's house and also some of her kitchen utensils.
The box is made out of paper-mache. The box has a hinge from the left of the composition, and rests on a flat bottom. The work is signed with the name of the artist, the title and the village of Fedoskino.

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