This festive box is a specimen of traditional Fedoskino artistry.
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It features the lad playing the accordion and amusing two pretty girls at the village street in the 19th Century. In old times the lad who could play the accordion was the most popular young man in the Russian village. Girls dreamt to have a date with him, lads respected him. Singing and dancing to the accompaniment of accordion was the only available amusement then. The scenes like this one, depicting peasants and craftsmen, their daily life, feasts, and traditions were very popular during the Vishnyakov and Lukutin era.
The box was painted by a prominent Fedoskino artist Boris Shavirin. With this composition he is continuing a series of works with Russian village people and peasants.
Several pieces of mother-of-pearl are shining through the painting: the coats of the girls are painted over the green color mother-of-pearl, as well as we can find one piece under the coat of the lad, two white pieces are shines in the skies and through the walls of the wooden house in the right upper corner. The coats of the girls and a lad are richly decorated with the golden paint!
The scene is framed with a gold band. The box's sides are adorned with a pattern that imitates a brown marble.
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. The lid is hinged to the left of the composition, and the box rests flat. Signed with the artist's name, Fedoskino and the year of 2016.
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