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Title: Story of a Little Hump-backed Horse
Artist: Plekhanov Yuriy
Size: 5.5x5.5x14.5
Size (inches): 2.25x2.25x5.75
Price : $1350 SOLD!

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This pencil-box has been painted by famous Palekh artist Yuriy Plekhanov.
Plekhanov was born on the 1st of March, 1931 in the town of Ivanovo. His teachers at the Palekh art school were the founders of the Palekh lacquer miniature style, - N.M. Zinovyev (1888) and B.M. Nemtinov (1922). Being a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR since 1971, he has his works exhibited in such museums as the State Museum of Palekh Art, the Museum of Folk Art, the Ivanovo Rigional Art Museum, the Central Museum of Revolution and in the Art Fund of Russia.
All sides of this cylinder-shaped box and the box's lid are covered beautiful miniatures that show various episodes from the tale of "A Humpbacked Little Pony". One of the box's sides shows the beginning of the story when Ivan caught the magic mare that trampled down wheat on his father's field. This mare promised Ivan to present three foals in exchange for freedom. Later two of these foals turned into the steeds with golden manes that are depicted on the front side of the box while the third one turned into the Humpbacked Little Pony. The old greedy tsar obliged Ivan to fulfill different tasks, and the Humpbacked Little Pony always helped him. On the other part of pencil-box we can see Ivan who caught the Fire Bird for the tsar; the other one- shows Ivan who brought the beautiful Tsar-Maiden for the tsar, and the lid shows realization of the last errand: instead of the tsar Ivan dipped himself in three cauldrons of boiling water, boiling milk and ice cold water, and transformed into a very handsome young man.
On the lid Plekhanov has painted Ivan on the Hump-backed Horse catch the Fire-bird.
The work is painted in the traditional Palekh style using tempera paints, and also gold and silver metal paints for detailing. Gold and silver metal paints are also used to decorated the pencil-case's exterior with nice patterns that can be found on the lid's sides and the bottom part of the piece. The pencil-case is constructed out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers its exterior and red lacquer covers its interior. The lid isn't hinged, the piece rests on a flat bottom. Signed with the artist's name, Palekh, the title and the year of 2009.




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