Mystera Russian Lacquer box "Russian fishing" by Nickolay Molodkin. Here the youngest son of the top Mstera artist Vladimir Molodkin's has his interpretation of Mstera lacquer art's traditional (taking from the experience of his father) soft pastel tones gives an unexpected vibrancy to this delightful village scene. Strategically placed deep cobalt blue creates depth behind soft pink and lilac, while subtle variations in value add to the sense of dimension.
Clean, crisp lines and skillful contrasts keep the pale tones from appearing washed out, instead imparting the look of early dusk. This lacquer box by Nickolay Molodkin is about the "Russian Winter Fishing" from Russian tradition. The Biggest Fish Story is possible even in the old world.Excellent details and the color is very good. Size: 7.5 by 5 by 1.25 inches. Any patches in the photos are from the camera's light reflection. About the artist: Nikolay Molodkin of Mstera is the artist who painted this colorful box. He comes from the family of the outstanding Mstera artists. The name of his father, Vladimir Molodkin, is familiar to any lacquer miniature enthusiast. His brothers, Denis and Daniel Molodkin, are very talented and popular artists. This splendid work proves that Nikolay is as talented as his relatives, and has his peculiar painting style.
Fantasy on the theme of Russian and European fairy-tales. This fantastic world attracts and fascinates us. Molodkin has perfectly combined shades of blue, brown and yellow to create a stunning atmosphere of a sunny day. Gold paints have been used to detail the scene.
The faces of the people in the painting are detailed and expressive. The composition is outlined with a gold line, and then framed by a detailed floral design painted in gold paints. Beautiful gold and aluminum ornamentation also wraps around the box sides.
The box is constructed from papier-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the piece while red lacquer completes the interior of the box. A hinge has been fastened along the top of the composition and the box rests on a flat bottom.
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