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Title: Magic garden
Artist: Guryleva Mariya
Size: 11.5x12.5x4
Price : $295 SOLD!


Sergey and Maria Gurilyev of Palekh are the artist's who painted this scene. The Gurilyev's are a couple married and living in Palekh who are very well known in the world of lacquer art for their consolidated efforts in the production lacquerware. This scene they paint could have only been conjured up by the imagination and looks like it could only happen in a dream. A young beautiful girl holds a bridle and a fantastic blue steed, standing near the girl, stamps its slender leg and looks in the black night sky. The steed's golden mane and tale stream before the wind, creating the effect of motion. This effect is strengthened with the reproduction of streaming fantastic blue blossoms, golden foliage and swirling water of the brook. The palette is very bold and bright, yet the usage of the paints is executed with a soft subtlety. The landscape is formed with accurate brushwork that smoothly depicts the plants, trees, and brook. In the background the tent springs from the ground with its elegantly designed roof. Gold detailing outlines, highlight and provide light in every element of the composition. Aluminum paint is used to depict the motion of the rushing water. The use of metallic paint is executed with precision and with an unbelievably steady hand that is able to paint with razor like thinness.
The box is constructed out of high-quality paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the box and red lacquer is used to paint the interior of the box. Gold beading frames the scene, while gold scrollwork with little silver flower adorns the edges of the lid. The sides are decorated with a large but graceful band of vine and flower filigree in gold and silver. The ornament is excellently painted, and enhances the overall aesthetic quality of the piece. The lid is hinged from the top of the composition and rests on a small platform that forms four legs. The date, the village of Palekh and the artists' signature (their last name in plural) is found under the composition.

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