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Title: Tale of Ivan Tsarevich , Fire-Bird and Grey Wolf
Artist: Nechaev Oleg
Size: 24x18x8
Size (inches): 6x6x1.5
Price : $1950 SOLD!


Splendid artist Oleg Nechaev from the village of Fedoskino always finds interesting and unusual themes for his boxes. The style of this artist as well as his wife Yelena, who is also an artist , is very recognizable. Very often he uses this bright blue pallet in his works, but more important his engraving.
The box features a scene from the Russian folk tale "Ivan Tsarevich and the Grey Wolf".
The story tells about the adventures of the Prince Ivan Tsarevich and his friend, the Grey Wolf, a magician. The Wolf ate the horse of Ivan Tsarevich and to redress a wrong, he helped Ivan in several quests: to get the firebird, to get the horse with the golden mane, and to get the beautiful princess.
In the begging of the story Ivan Tsarevich trying to catch the Fire Bird. This bird has been filching golden apples from the orchard of Ivan's father; and the old Tsar has ordered his three sons to catch the thief. The Fire Bird breaks loose from Ivan's hands, leaving its burning feather in his hands, and flies away. But now Ivan is ready to respond his father who is the thief.
Then Ivan Tsarevich has tried to steal the horse with the golden mane from Tsar Kusman's stable. He does it by the following reason: while he has been trying to steal the Fire Bird from Tsar Afron's palace, the tsar's guards caught him. Tsar Afron promised to release Ivan if he would manage to procure him the horse with the golden mane. Ivan Tsarevich failed to steal the horse, and Tsar Kusman's guards caught him. Now it was Tsar Kusman's turn to oblige Ivan with a new task; this time Ivan was ordered to steal the princess, Elena the Beautiful.
As Ivan Tsarevich failed in fulfilling two previous tasks, the Grey Wolf decided to steal the princess by himself. The Grey Wolf steals Elena the Beautiful from Tsar Dalmat's palace, while Ivan Tsarevich sleeps peacefully.
The painting on the box is very detailed. The artist's steady hand is able to create minute elements that are at first invisible because they blend so well with the overall scene.
The box's sides are decorated with a silver scan pattern (made of tiny shapes hand punched from metal sheets, and then glued to the box manually). It is the perfect complement to the intricacy found in the painting.
The box is constructed out of paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior and red lacquer is used to paint the interior of the box. The box has a hinge located above the composition and rests on four feet. The artist wrote the title "Tale of Ivan Tsarevich , Fire-Bird and Grey Wolf" and his name under the composition.

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