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Kholuyi Style Painting. Artist: Kuznetsov.
The Russian village of “Kholui” is an ancient village located in an extremely beautiful scenic area of Russia. This town is at least 600 years old and it was first officially mentioned in 1546 in an official land deed of Ivan the Terrible. This town was originally famous for Orthodox icon painting. The history is similar to Palekh and other towns… Icon painting nearly died during the communist era of Russia history. The families of artists transitioned to painting lacquer miniatures.
A Kholui miniature is a Russian folk handicraft of miniature painting, made with tempera on a varnished box of papier-mâché. This form of Russian lacquer art is produced exclusively by students of the Kholui School. The official “Kholui School of Icon-Painting” was first founded in 1883. The school continued the local handicraft of icon painting known since the 16th century. As artists transitioned to lacquer box painting after the 1917 revolution, a group of artists formed an association (1933 - 1935) to open a workshop for miniature lacquer art. A new school was also opened in 1943. Kholui style utilizes realistic warm colors such as reds, browns, yellow, white and green.
All of our Kholui lacquer boxes are handmade originals. These lacquer boxes are transferred to our customers with an original Certificate of Authenticity guaranteeing its origin, workmanship, approval for Export by the Russian Ministry of Culture, and validating the exact artist that made the lacquer box.
This box is 4.75"L x 4.1"W x 1.25"H
Materials: Paper-mache, tempera paint, clear lacquer, hinge.
Handmade in Russia.