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Title: Alice in Wonderland
Artist: Smirnova Vera
Size: 18.5x13.5x4.5
Size (inches): 7.25x5.25x1.75
Price : $1250 SOLD!


Vera Smirnova from the village of Palekh is the talented miniaturist that handcrafted this stunning piece of artistic expression. Lavish decoration and gorgeous color combinations make this a very entrancing scene. It is based on the Lewis Carroll's classic tale "Alice in Wonderland".
In the center of the scene Alice crosses the sea of her own tears, and soon her boat will moor to the bank of Wonderland. The Rabbit, the Dormouse, the Worm and other characters of this thrilling tale sit on the bank meeting Alice who is a stranger in their fantastic land. At the top of the scene the Cheshire Cat lies on the rainbow, and all around him the playing cards are scattered.
The artist's palette is diverse and holds a wide range of colors that she uses within this composition. She works in details with gold and aluminum paint that are fine and make the scene radiate with a tremendous glow. But, it is the use of gold leaf that is truly awe inspirational wonder. Multiple sheets of gold leaf are placed as a strategic background for the entire scene.
The box is made out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. Gold ornamentation in the form of foliage wraps around the sides of the box. The box has a hinge from the left of the composition, and the box rests on a flat bottom. The artist has written her name, the village name of Palekh, the title and the year of 2006 at the bottom of the scene in gold paints.

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