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Title: Cards
Artist: Zhiryakov Alexey Yevgenievich
Size: 14.5x14.5x4
Size (inches): 5.75x5.75x1.5
Price : $1350 SOLD!


This gorgeous box was created by the talented Alexey Zhiryakov from the village of Palekh whose painting style is always recognizable and unique. It continues his series of works dedicated to playing cards. The composition is originally designed. The cards that look like ladies and gentlemen are arranged in circle as if they are playing chess at the round table. In the middle of the composition there is a chess-board with several chess on it.
Each of the animated playing cards has his individual face that vividly reflects his emotions and mood, and dressed in his own elaborately detailed costume. The composition is painted in bright tempera paints against the black background. Gold and aluminum paints are used to create folds and ornaments on the characters' costumes, and also to paint the chess and the chess board.
The composition is framed with beautiful gold ornamentation accented with aluminum paints. The sides are adorned with rich gold and aluminum design supplemented with various suits of cards: clubs, spades, diamonds, and heats.
The box is made out of paper-mache, and has a hinge from the top of the composition. Black lacquer covers its exterior and red lacquer covers its interior. Signed and dated (2006) by the artist.

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