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Title: Tale of Princess Frog
Artist: Bogachova Nina Pavlovna
Size: 25x18x5
Size (inches): 9.75x7x2
Price : $2450 SOLD!


This profound presentation of genuine Russian artistry has been created by Nina Bogachyova from the village of Palekh. It features several well detailed scenes from the Russian classic tale "The Princess Frog".
In the left part of the composition Bogachyova depicts the three brothers launching their arrows at different direction to find wives. A little above we can see the youngest brother, Prince Ivan, whose arrow landed in the swamp near a frog. So, the poor prince is destined to marry the frog!
In the center the artist paints the proudest moment experienced by Prince Ivan. The three brothers are invited to a large feast, and each of them is told to bring his wife. Everyone makes fun of poor Ivan who has come alone. It lasts until the gorgeous Vasilisa the Wise and Clever appears! Here, she creates a miniature lake full of swans with just one nonchalant wave of her hand.
The right part of the composition shows Prince Ivan who receives the magic clew from the old man. This clew will help him to find Vasilisa the Wise who disappeared after Ivan had burnt down her frog skin. The clew leads Ivan to the palace of Koshchei the Deathless where Vasilisa languishes in captivity. Ivan must kill Koshchei and release his beloved wife. To fulfill this task, he should take out the needle that contains Koshchei's death from the chest hanging on the old oak, and break it. This scene you can also find in the right part of the composition.
Each of the scenes is an absolute delight. The details are enhanced tremendously by the golden contours illuminating each and every inch of the moment composed.
The composition is framed with elaborately painted, gold floral ornamentation. The same ornamentation but of a bigger size can be found wrapping around the box's sides.
The box is constructed from papier-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the box while red lacquer completes the interior. A hinge is fastened to the top of the composition, and the box rests on a flat bottom. Signed with the artist's name, Palekh and the year of 2006.

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