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Title: Snow Queen
Artist: Molodkina Nina
Size: 6x7x11.5
Size (inches): 2.5x2.75x4.5
Price: $199

This unique shaped box, (remind the shape of a chair) has been painted by talented artist, Nina Molodkina. Nina is mother of renowned Mstera artists (the Molodkins),Nikolay, Daniil and Denis.
Hans Christian Andersen's popular fairy tale "The Snow Queen" has been chosens as a theme for this work. Here we can see several recognizable moments from the tale. Kay was sledging down the ice-hill together with other children. Suddenly he saw the Snow Queen's luxuriant huge sledge pulled by magnificent white steeds. The Snow Queen whose festive attire was shining like diamonds offered the boy to take a ride inside her speedy sledge, the boy agreed, and nobody saw him since then...
The lid is showing Kay doing a rose from the ice,and the small sides are alos showing his anventures and moving-on a deek, sleigh .On the backside we can see a face of Snow Queen painted in gold and the signing of the box.
The palette consists of the traditional Mstera colors- yellow, green and blue tones. The brushwork is exquisite. The artist uses gold paint in subtle amounts to enhance the detailing in the clothing, landscape, and add some flair to the scene.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the piece while a red lacquer completes the interior of the box. The edges of the lid and the box's sides are decorated with gold twisted line. The lid is not hinged, and the box rests on four legs. The work is signed with the artist's name, Mstera and the title.

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