DGJ_4699 - Expensive Paper!!!!
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This is made from papier-mache that is hand painted and I paid about $250-$300 US for it, partly due to the unique design. They can cost into the thousands of dollars. Most that I saw were box type shapes and I wanted something different. It is approx. 4.25" in diameter an 4" high and has 3 parts.
Russian lacquer work is a unique and decorative applied art. In Russia the first lacquer work started in the early 18th century when (in 1716) a room in Montplaisir Palace was decorated with lacquered panels, the work of early Russian masters. The practice of applying detailed painting skills to objects made from papier-mache started in the late 18th century in the village of Danilkovo. After the Revolution the three former icon-painting villages of Palekh, Kholui and Mstera also adopted this practice as a means of survival for their resident artists. All four villages, while easily distinguished in style, soon excelled in miniature painting technique and creative execution and achieved world wide recognition. The art of miniature painting has not only survived but has flourished. Fine Art enthusiasts are taking notice and have begun to assemble important Russian Lacquer Art Collections of their own.