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Title: Robin the Bobbin
Artist: Molodkin Daniil
Size: 18x12x4
Size (inches): 7x4.75x1.5
Price : $1250 SOLD!


This magical piece of entrancing Russian artistry was created by the talented Daniil Molodkin from the village of Mstera. His ability to create spectacular scenery and thoroughly enjoyable characters make his presentations beautifully imaginative and very inspirational.
Here Molodkin has chosen to depict Robin the Bobbin that is the character of the following old English nursery rhyme:

Robin the Bobbin, the big-bellied Ben,
He ate more meat than fourscore men;
He ate a cow, he ate a calf,
He ate a butcher and a half,
He ate a church, he ate a steeple,
He ate the priest and all the people!
A cow and a calf,
An ox and a half,
A church and a steeple,
And all the good people,
And yet he complained
That his stomach wasn't full.

This rhyme was translated into Russian by famous Russian children's poets Korney Chukovsky and Samuil Marshak; each of these poets gave his own interpretation of the rhyme.
The palette used for this piece is bright and expressive. A wide variety of green help the artist to create the jungle-like atmosphere at the background whereas Robin the Bobin's costume is painted in orange, blue and yellow tones. Behind the grasses he fills in a sky that softly blends from a light yellow to a light blue. Gold is used in the composition to detail the clothing of Robin the Bobin, the plate that he holds in his hand and some of the plants in the immediate foreground. This is a festive and light-hearted piece by a very talented artist!
The scene is outlined with gold. A gold foliage pattern decorates the sides of the box. On the box's exterior bottom the artist has written the title, Mstera, the year of 2008, and his name, all in gold.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the box while red lacquer completes the interior of the work. A hinge is fastened to the top of the scene, and the box rests on a flat bottom.

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