20th century, Kholuy school, tempera with gold leaf, abalone, paper-mache lacquer technique, artist and title painted on lid in gold, gilt detail on sides, most gilt inscribed "Made in Russia" with XOAYH seal verso unless noted, comprising: rectangular knight on white horse in forest with monastery, original box, 6-1/4 x 4 x 1-3/4 in.; ovular with the Tale of the Young Guard and the Merchant Kalashnikov story, 5 x 3 x 1-1/2 in.; ovular with armored knight with clouds and windmills, 5-1/2 x 3-3/4 x 1-1/2 in.; rectangular hinged with Oleg the Wise story, 5-1/2 x 3-1/2 x 1-1/4 in.; square hinged with Mistress of Copper Mountain and malachite jewel box story, footed, 5-1/4 x 5-1/4 x 1-1/2.; "mushroom" with ill Alionushka story, inscribed "XOAYH/2007" on lid, heart and scroll gilt paint on base, 4 in. with lid
Provenance: Collection of Marion and Theodore Gore, Williamsburg, VirginiaNote:
Russian lacquer folk art painting is greatly rooted in the 17th-19th century tradition of icon painting, which lasted until the 1917 Russian Revolution. After the collapse of Imperial Russia, four centers of lacquer painting thrived in the Vladimir-Suzdal Principality, Ivanovo region of central Russia.