My Frugal Father
Russian Lacquer Miniature Painting on Papier Mache Box Kholui
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Russian lacquer art developed from the art of icon painting which came to an end with the collapse of Imperial Russia. The icon painters, who previously had been employed by supplying not only churches but people's homes, needed a way to make a living. Thus, the craft of making papier-mâché decorative boxes and panels developed, the items were lacquered and then hand painted by the artists, often with scenes from folk tales.
Artist signed: N. Zonyn
size 2" x 1 1/2" x 1"