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Title: Frog Princess
Artist: Komogorovs Konstantin and Svetlana
Size: 7.5x3x16.5
Size (inches): 3x1.25x6.5
Price : $1490 SOLD!


Bells ring and onlookers stare as the Princess Frog enters the palace, accompanied by young Prince Ivan. The Tsar himself has come out to greet them, and holds his arms out in amazement as this is the first time anyone has seen Ivan's new wife in her human form. At their father's bidding, the three sons of the tsar had shot an arrow high into the sky--whichever maiden found this arrow would be their wife. But Ivan's arrow landed next to a talking frog, who although proved her abilities in baking and sewing (by magically turning into her human form and employing magical help), would still make a very odd wife. At last the time has come for a great feast to celebrate the weddings, and the Frog Princess, otherwise known as Vasilisa the Wise, has arrived in a brilliant carriage. Ivan's two brothers and their wives stand to the right, and point and talk in amazement amongst themselves. How beautiful she is! How radiant she appears! How did this happen?!?
On the one major(wide) side of the box we can see the whole family of the Tsar and his sons with their wifes.On the back side we can see see the very beginning of the story when Frog is picked up the arrow of Ivan in the swamp.
Talented family tandem of the Komogorovs-Konstantin and Svetlana uses a palette that is characteristic of this work. Warm paints dominate the scene, such as orange, yellow, and red, while darker and gold paints are used to outline the sides of this box. This helps to draw the eye towards the main characters, and where the artists shows emphasis with the warm tones.
The artist has used the silver foil as the under layer for the painting, that is why we can see this shining effect coming from a figure of Frog and human figures as well.
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 top of the scene, and the box rests on a flat bottom.
The work is signed with the artist's name, the title, and the village of Fedoskino at the bottom of the composition.

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