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Boyar's Wedding

Boyar's Wedding
Boyar's Wedding
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Price: $2,500.00

Sale Price: $1,250.00

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Item Number: lb1145

This amazing Russian lacquer box "Boyar's wedding" was painted by famous Russian artist Gromova M from Fedoskino village. The miniature is a reproduction of an huge museum oil-on-canvas painting by Russian artist Konstantin Makovskiy (1839-1915).
The composition depicts one of the most important social and political events of old Russia, a wedding uniting two families of the powerful boyar class that dominated Muscovite politics in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The artist has singled out that moment during the wedding feast when the guests toast the bridal couple. The newlywed couple must kiss to make the wine sweet again (this tradition continues even today). The toast occurs towards the end of the feast when a roasted swan is brought in, the last dish presented before the couple retires.
 The first appearances of "The Boyar's Wedding" on lacquer miniature were from the Lukutin Workshops(19th century), fairly quickly after the original painting was complete.
Gromova M. has wonderfully entwined the realism of Makovskiy with the magical beauty of Fedoskino miniature. She has mixed brightly colored oil paints with crushed mother-of-pearl that shines through the areas where the windows are depicted. Gold metal leaf, bright silver and gold paints help to accentuate richness of the characters' costumes. The silk veil of the bride has been depicted with transparent paints, and hundreds of individual brushstrokes make up the fur of the nobles' coats in the foreground. The artist has painted each face with extreme life-like detail and expression.
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 box's sides are decorated with elegant gold patterns. The lid is hinged from the top of the composition, and the box rests on four legs. Signed with the artist's name, and the village of Fedoskino. The size of this beautiful artwork is 8.25" x 6" x 2.35".