“Palekh” is an urban locality and the administrative center of Palekhsky District of Ivanovo Oblast, Russia. This unique town has a very long history in Russian art, “iconography” (the art of painting Russian Orthodox icons) and Russian lacquer boxes. The village is world renown for the masters that create such works of art and often the lacquer boxes and other works are identified by the town name, followed by the name of the artisan.
Today, Palekh is known primarily for “Palekh” miniature. Following the October Revolution with its outspoken atheist ideology, around 1923, the Palekh masters of iconography began to paint papier-mâché boxes applying the same principles they had learned from painting icons. Palekh is the most renowned of four such famous villages, the others being Kholuy, Mstyora, and Fedoskino, each producing similar, but clearly distinct artistic style. The Palekh style is unique and identified by the usage of bright tempera paints with unique colors painted over a black background. The work usually represents themes from real life, fairy tales, literary works, and folk songs. All of the Palekh boxes we have are directly from true Russian Palekh masters. These boxes are one of a kind collectible Russian lacquer boxes.
Palekh Style Painting. Artist: Kopa.
This box is 7"L x 4"W x 1.75"H
Materials: Paper-mache, tempera paint, clear lacquer, foil, hinge.
Handmade in Russia.