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Title: Melody of Love
Artist: Guryleova Marie
Size: 9.5x12.5x2.5
Size (inches): 3.75x5x1
Price : $480 SOLD!


The quality of work that Maria Gurilyeva produces is tremendous. She works hard to create lacquer miniature miracles. This box is of exquisite beauty with a poetic structure that speaks more words than one can even find in a dictionary.
The work reflects the artist's nostalgia for the past centuries, pre-revolution Russia and the noble representatives of Russian nobility.
It is a warm summer evening. It has already become dark in the park. The elegant lady is sitting on the bench and listening to his suitor playing the violin. The cold moon illuminates the faces of the characters as if the action is taking place on the stage.
The scene is masterfully painted using pink, green and violet tempera paints. The minute details are enhanced with brilliant gold paint. The detailing with the metallic paints is so fine, in fact, that a brush with no more than a single hair was used in many areas. Like all of Gurilyeva' works, this piece is very well detailed and has its own unique mood.
The box is constructed out of high-quality paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the box and red lacquer to paint the interior. The edges of the lid are decorated with a simple pattern composed of gold beads whereas the box's sides are adorned with intricate gold scrollwork. The lid is hinged from the left of the scene, and the box rests on a flat bottom. The work is signed with the artist's name, Palekh and the year of 2009.

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