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Title: Snow Queen
Artist: Ogir Dmitriy
Size: 13,5x9,5x4,5
Size (inches): 5 1/4x3 3/4x1 3/4
Price : $195 SOLD!


This beautiful box was created by D. Ogir. He is the son of Palekh artist Nina Ogir and inherited her talent and artistic taste. Here the artist has chosen to depict a scene from Hans Christian Andersen's popular fairy tale "The Snow Queen". This tale tells about adventures of a little, but very brave girl Gerda. Her friend Kay has been kidnapped by the Snow Queen and she sets out in search of him. The scene shows Kay and Gerda looking through the window, and soon Kay will see the beautiful face of Snow Queen.
Ogir draws the scene with his characteristic skill. The two characters are attractively drawn, with smooth, appealing faces and detailed costumes. The palette is very diverse and based on beautiful combination of contrast cold grey and blue tones and warm brown and red tones. Some elements of the composition, for instance, patterns on the characters' clothes and the curtains, are painted with gold and aluminum paints.
To decorate the edges of the lid and the box's sides the artist uses the original technique: at first he covers the black lacquer with gold metal paint, and then covers this metal covering with gold and blue spangles. This decoration is very beautiful, and fits perfectly to this theme because its sparkling resembles the sparkling of snow in the sun. There is the painting of a typical Danish house on one of the sides. The base of the box is covered with black lacquer. The box is constructed from paper-mache made in the village of Palekh. The lid isn't hinged and the box rests on a small platform. The work is signed with the artist's name, the village of Fedoskino, the title ("Snow Queen"), and the year of 2004.

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