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The Boyar's Wedding | Fedoskino Lacquer Box

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Radiating with the brilliance of wonderful oil paints, this very large box painted by Boris Shavyrin is a reproduction of an oil-on-canvas painting by Russian artist Konstantin Makovskiy (1839-1915). A popular but always exquisite composition, this can be a highlight of any collection!
The composition depicts one of the most important social and political events of old Russia, a wedding uniting two families of the powerful boyar class that dominated Muscovite politics in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The artist has singled out that moment during the wedding feast when the guests toast the bridal couple with the traditional chant of "gor'ko, gor'ko," meaning "bitter, bitter," a reference to the wine, which has supposedly turned bitter. The newlywed couple must kiss to make the wine sweet again (this tradition continues even today). The toast occurs towards the end of the feast when a roasted swan is brought in, the last dish presented before the couple retires.
As noted in I. Ukhanova's book RUSSIAN LACQUERS - 200 ANNIVERSARY OF THE LUKUTIN WORKSHOPS , the first appearances of "The Boyar's Wedding" on lacquer miniature were from the Lukutin Workshops, fairly quickly after the original painting was complete.
Artist has wonderfully entwined the realism of Makovskiy with the magical beauty of Fedoskino miniature. She has mixed brightly colored oil paints with crushed mother-of-pearl that shines through the areas where the windows are depicted. Gold metal leaf, bright silver and gold paints help to accentuate richness of the characters' costumes. Gold and silver paints are also used to highlight the crockery. The wispy veil of the bride has been depicted with transparent paints, and hundreds of individual brush strokes make up the fur of the nobles' coats in the foreground. Shading and color variation, although not readily noticeable, add tremendous realism to the composition. The artist has taken advantage of the original positioning of each of the characters facing the newlyweds, and has painted each face with extreme life-like detail and expression.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the box while red lacquer completes the interior of the work. The box's sides are decorated with silver and gold patterns.
The lid is hinged from the top of the composition, and the box rests on four legs. Signed with the artist's name and the village of Fedoskino.

Size - 10.5"x8"x4".


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