Russian Lacquer Boxes

Russian Lacquer Boxes, otherwise known as Russian lacquer miniatures, are a traditional Russian folk-art form dating from the late 1700's. Hand-painted, signed works of original art, done by artists in Russia who have attended one of 4 exclusive village art schools in Fedoskino, Palekh, Mstera or Kholui. Each school of lacquer miniature art has its own style, but all paint in minute detail on articles made from a type of paper mâché. Usually painted with unbelievable miniature detail, these masterpieces are created with ultra-fine brushes, special techniques, and many miniature scenes are highlighted with real gold and inlayed mother of pearl before the final lacquer is applied tp protect the painting.

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