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Title: Youth Giving Apples
Artist: Kornilova Nataliya
Size: 13x8.5x17.5
Size (inches): 5x3.25x7
Price : $995 SOLD!


This large box is an original masterwork of the outstanding Palekh artist Natalya Kornilova. This popular artist was born in 1968. During 1984-1989 she studied in the Palekh Art School. Her favorite themes to depict are literature and genre scenes.
The box shows several scenes from the Russian folk fairy-tale "The Apples of Youth and the Water of Life". In this tale the old Tsar dreams of returning him youth and being young again. He sends his three sons to carry him the golden apples and the water of life. With the help of the golden apples, he hopes to become young again, and with the help of the magic water, he intends to heal his poor eyesight. Having been tempted and deceived by a wicked maiden, the elder brothers are taken prisoner, while their young brother Ivan Tsarevich manages to fulfill this task and marry the beautiful Blue Eyed Maiden.
Kornilova uses a celebration of color to compose this beautiful work. Everything is smoothly applied. The colors glide upon the surface of the box. A variety of oranges, greens, bues and browns dictate the fairy-tale feel of the composition. Gold and aluminum are used with great intricacy and delicacy to develop the finer elements in the scene. Kornilova paints with excellent detail here, combining a great deal into a small space without losing any clarity.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. The exterior of the box is painted with black lacquer while the interior is completed with dark red lacquer. The exterior is decorated with nice beading design. The lid is hinged and the box rests on a flat bottom. The work is signed with the artist's name and the village of Palekh.

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