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Title: Scarlet Flower/Beauty and a Beast
Artist: Nechaev Oleg
Size: 19x15x4.5
Size (inches): 7.5x5.75x1.5
Price : $1850 SOLD!


This interesting box painted by a talented Fedoskino artist Oleg Nechaev.It depicts several characters from the popular Russian fairy-tale "The Scarlet Flower", written by S.T. Aksakov. The tale is very similar to what we know today as "Beauty and the Beast".
This thrilling tale tells about love of a beautiful girl and a horrible beast that afterwards will turn into a handsome prince. The lid of this box is covered with complicated composition that show different scenes from the tale.
The scene is mostly painted in contrast oils-blacks on white.The artist masterfully used golden foil and golden paint to richly highlighted the details of the characters.
The box's exterior is decorated with so called "scan patterns" composed of tiny beads and romps hand punched from silver metal sheets and then painstakingly affixed by hand to the box.
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. The lid is hinged to the left of the scene, and rests flat. Signed with the artist's name and title "Scarlet Flower" above the composition.

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