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Title: Gathering Berries
Artist: Bonokina Yelena
Size: 13x10.5x2.5
Size (inches): 5x4x1
Price : $465 SOLD!


This romantic scene has been painted by Yelena Bonokina from the village of Palekh. This box shows a way of spending spare time - gathering berries. Having gone far away from a small village, women and girls stroll in the woods, filling their baskets with ripe, mellow berries. They sing songs and got pleasure from fresh forest air. Not only people, but also different beasts like to eat with delight mellow berries. Forests in Russia are rich in different gifts of nature. It's possible to find there a variety of various berries such as the wild raspberry and strawberry, the whortleberry, the cranberry and innumerous number of other sorts of berries.
The palette is based on earth tones that convey the sense of the rural atmosphere. Gold and aluminum paint details a majority of the scene, which makes the details bring the scene to life. The entire scene sparkles brightly with gold and aluminum.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the box while red lacquer completes the interior of the work. The exterior is decorated with rich and intricate gold ornaments. A hinge is fastened to the top 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 2011.

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