This lovely hand crafted Russian lacquer box depicts an old world village scene of old Russia with a horse drawn carriage driving down the street with a church in the background. The box is inlaid with Mother of Pearl and the Mother of Pearl is laid into the papier-mache lid before painting and when the light reflects off of it, it creates a rainbow of color! (See the pictures below. Various pictures have been taken from different angles in an effort to avoid flash reflection and shadow and show the Mother of Pearl reflecting in the light.) This lacquer box is beautifully detailed with villagers, various shops and buildings, and of course the reflection off the sky in the background. Russian lacquer boxes are famous for the many layers of painting and the layers of lacquer between each layer of painting. These numerous layers give the 3D impression of depth. Some boxes have over 10 layers of lacquer between the layers of paint. The pictures below represent different angles and lighting to show how the light reflects off the gold paint. This amazing box measures approximately 5 inches across by just over 4 inches wide and just over 1.25 inches deep. The artist’s signature and the title of the box are painted at the bottom of the lid and on the bottom of the box.
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