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Title: Quite Evening
Artist: Gurileovs Sergey and Marie
Size: 7x11x3.5
Size (inches): 2.75x4.25x1.25
Price : $475 SOLD!


Sergey Gurilyev, and his wife Maria, painted this box in a dual effort, which resulted in the creation of exquisite work. The two have been painting together since they met and their finely polished artistic techniques are very well known within the world of lacquer miniatures.
The box shows a beautiful lady sitting near the opened window, and embroidering. A garden of brilliant color awakens the romantic nature of the composition. Gold detailing outlines, highlights, and provides light in every element of the composition. Aluminum paint is used to depict the motion of the sea. A sparkle of the sunset is achieved with the help of gold paint. The use of metallic paint is executed with precision and with an unbelievably steady hand that is able to paint with razor like thinness.
Inside the box the artists have put a piece of paper where they wrote the verse that describes the action painted on this box. This verse can be translated into English as:

"Once upon an enchanted, silent evening,
In a dark house,
A young Anna dressed in the white gown,
Was embroidering flowers near the window,

Anna, Anna! What are you thinking about?
About love? About a date with Him? Whom are you embroidering a flower for? What is a cause of your happiness?

I am looking through a night haze,
And I see the beautiful Anna embroidering petals,
With her fragile hand.

The box is constructed out of high-quality paper-mache that is heavy and durable. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the box and red lacquer to paint the interior. The lid isn't hinged, and the box rests on a four carved feet. At the bottom of the scene the Gurilyevs wrote Palekh, 2006, and their name.

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