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Title: Flying ship
Artist: Bonokin Dmitriy
Size: 19.5x15.5x5
Size (inches): 7.75x6.25x2
Price : $790 SOLD!


This splendid box was painted by the talented Palekh artist D. Bonokin. It shows the final moment of the popular Russian fairy-tale "Flying Ship". The plot of this tale is truly interesting. One of three brothers embarks on a journey aboard a flying ship, during which he takes on as passengers, six men with special powers. With the help of each man's different talent, he is able to perform impossible tasks set for him by the Tsar and marry the Tsar's daughter..
The composition painted in the traditional Palekh style is very bright and colorful. The costumes of the characters, the surrounding architecture and landscape are richly detailed with gold and aluminum paints.
The scene is framed with a string of gold beads that runs parallel to a curling gold pattern. Gold beads can be also found wrapping around the box bottom border. The sides of the box are adorned with complex gold and aluminum floral ornamentation. Elegant gold patterns with a silver flower in the middle decorate each of four box's legs.
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, titled and dated (2006) by the artist in gold paints under the composition.

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