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Title: Tale of Tsar Saltan
Artist: Paramonov N.
Size: 13x8.5x3.5
Size (inches): 5x3.25x1.25
Price : $295 SOLD!


This traditional Palekh box was painted by Nikolay Paramonov. It shows a scene from "The Tale of Tsar Saltan". Here the artist has chosen to depict the beginning of this tale. By the tsar's order, Tsar Saltan's wife and his son, Prince Gvidon, were sealed in the barrel that afterward was thrown into the sea. The barrel landed to a mysterious island. Getting out of the barrel Gvidon and his mother saw a magnificent palace where they would live later. They didn't know that this rich island would be Gvidon's property.
The palette is based on warm tones to convey the bright spirit of the summer season. There are minor infusions of cool blues and green, but these are made to create emphasis through contrast. The architecture is depicted with skill and ease. Gold and aluminum are used to outline and limn extra details into the scene. This adds a radiance that leeches more color from the existing palette.
The edges of the lid are adorned with gold beading, whereas the sides of the box are decorated with elaborate gold and aluminum patterns. The box is constructed from paper-mache made. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the piece while a lively red lacquer completes the interior of the work. The lid isn't hinged and the box rests on a flat bottom. The work is signed, and dated (2004) by the artist.

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