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Title: Tale of Frog Princess
Artist: Shavirin Boris
Size: 27x20x10.5
Size (inches): 10.75x8x4
Price : $3950 SOLD!


This richly look composition was painted by a well-known Fedoskino Master, Shavirin Boris.It shows one of the episodes from a famous Russian fairy-tale of a Frog Princess.
The short plot of the tale is following :
The old Tsar tells his three sons -Ivan and his brothers to shoot their arrows blindfolded, into a random direction to find a wife. The arrows of Ivan's brothers land near the houses of the rich and beautiful maidens. The happy Tsar welcomes his daughters-in-law on the threshold of his palace. And the arrow of the youngest brother, Prince Ivan, landed in the swamp near a frog. So, the poor prince is destined to marry the frog!
Then, the three brothers were invited to a large feast, and each of them is told to bring his wife. Everyone makes fun of poor Ivan who has come alone. It lasts until the gorgeous Vasilisa the Wise appears! She creates a miniature lake full of swans with just one nonchalant wave of her hand in the palace of the Tsar.
Prince Ivan has received the magic clew from the old man. This clew will help him to find Vasilisa the Wise who disappeared after Ivan had burnt down her frog skin. The clew leads Ivan to the palace of Koshchei the Deathless where Vasilisa languishes in captivity. Ivan must kill Koshchei and release his beloved wife. To fulfill this task, he should take out the needle that contains Koshchei's death from the chest hanging on the old oak, and break it. So, Ivan fulfill all the tasks and kill Koshey and they live happily with Vasilisa.
A broad spectrum of colors is used to create this highly detailed box. Gold paint and aluminum paints are used to enhance the life and brightness of the scene.Several pieces of mother-of-pearl are shining through the painting; one is through a costume of a lady to the right; one more from the group of ladies to the left, throught their dresses;the white one through a costume of Prince Ivan, who is coming to a porch and another one-through the roof of a house to the left.
The lid of the box is decoorated with a golden ornament. The sides of the box are decorated with rich gold flower pattern.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. The exterior of the box is painted with black lacquer while the interior is completed with red lacquer. The lid is hinged to the top of the composition, and the box rests on four legs. Under the composition the artist has wrote his name, the village of Fedoskino and 2021.

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