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Title: Pen-holder Flowers in Ornaments
Artist: Kurnin Vladimir
Size: 17x4x3
Size (inches): 6.75x1.5x1.25
Price: $425 $370

This is a style of miniature painting pioneered in Mstera primarily by Yevgeniy Yurin. In the mid-30s he created an original style of decorative painting that came to be known as the "Yurin's ornament". He then focused on compositions themselves, painting a bouquet of flowers, fruits or berries set against a brown, black, green or blue grid and encircled on all sides with his ornaments of interlaced scrolls, starlets, spots, petals and leaflets.
This style has been handed down to skilled artists in Mstera today such as Vladimir Kurnin who come to specialize in this unique style of painting floral compositions.The artist produced various original works and copies from other famous Mstera's ornamental style painters such as Yuriy Zhigalov and Vladimir Filippov.
In this scene a bouquet of varied flowers - daisies and roses, along with all sorts of greenery are painted in metal gold paints, subdued reds and greens against the gray creamy background. The scene is set into an oval; the rest space of the lid is decorated with intricate floral patterns painted against the blue background. These patters are drawn in gold metal paints and highlighted with blue and red tempera paints. The box sparkles with the gold detailing.
More flower patterns can be found on the box's sides.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the piece while red lacquer completes the interior of the work. A hinge has been fastened to the top of the composition, and the box rests on a flat bottom.
The box has two supports to hold the pen inside.
The work is signed with the artist's name, village and title on the interior's bottom.

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