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Title: Sadko
Artist: Plekhanov Yuriy
Size: 5.5x5.5x14.5
Size (inches): 2.25x2.25x5.75
Price : $950 SOLD!


This pencil-case has been painted by the famous Palekh artist Yuriy Plekhanov. He was born on the 1st of March, 1931 in the town of Ivanovo. His teachers at the Palekh art school were the founders of the Palekh lacquer miniature style, - N.M. Zinovyev (1888) and B.M. Nemtinov (1922). Being a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR since 1971, he has his works exhibited in such museums as the State Museum of Palekh Art, the Museum of Folk Art, the Ivanovo Rigional Art Museum, the Central Museum of Revolution and in the Art Fund of Russia.
The subject is based on the Russian fairy-tale "Sadko" that tells about the exciting adventures of a musician, Sadko, in the underwater kingdom of Tsar Morskoi (or the King of the Sea). Being taken captive by Tsar Morskoi, Sadko was forced to marry one of his daughters, but fortunately in the end of the tale he managed to escape from the underwater kingdom and return to his beloved wife Lyubava.
The sides of the pencil-case show Sadko playing his psaltery and the Tsar Morskoi dancing to the accompaniment of his music. The festivities and dancing become so frenzied that the violent storm starts raging on the sea. Here we also can see the daughters of Tsar Morskoy demonstrating their female beauty before Sadko who is obliged to choose one of them as a bride.
On the lid Plekhanov has painted Sadko standing inside the boat, and holding the fish he has caught in the sea.
The work is painted in the traditional Palekh style using tempera paints, and also gold and silver metal paints for detailing. Gold and silver metal paints are also used to decorated the pencil-case's exterior with nice patterns that can be found on the lid's sides and the bottom part of the piece.
The pencil-case is constructed out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers its exterior and red lacquer covers its interior. The lid isn't hinged, the piece rests on a flat bottom. Signed with the artist's name, Palekh, the title and the year of 2006.

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