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Saturday, March 17, 2018

The box showed Putin in the Palace

Knew that Vladimir Putin, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Kate Middleton have boxes, and Fedoskino? Until November they can be seen in Kolomenskoye Park, in the Palace of Alexei Mikhailovich, who turned in a world-centers of lacquer miniature painting. The geography of them — from England to Japan. For the first time collected 800 pieces of art for one exhibition, where special attention is paid to boxes from Fedoskino.

Photo: courtesy of the press service of the Kolomna.

From Japan, China, Persia, Myanmar and Vietnam — fancy boxes, colorful murals, furniture, religious items made by Oriental craftsmen in the XVIII–XX centuries. Western Europe represent England, France and Germany, surprise products, which in subtlety and elegance are not inferior to ours. But Russian fishing takes ingenuity: buttons, podczaski (the back of the watches), cufflinks, pens, umbrellas, table Desk sets, trophies, Maronite no country had the sense to invent. Look at them and wonder, how it can be made of papier-mache?!

The roots of Fedoskino lacquer miniatures are looking for in China and in Europe, German factory Heinrich Stobwasser, izgotovlenie-the-box, — said the employee of the Museum of folk crafts Love Rogativa. — From Germany in the late eighteenth century wrote of specialists to teach Russian craftsmen making papier-mache. Our artists have mastered the German techniques to create boxes, but the first time put them for the picture. And when he learned the painting, the box shone with fabulous scenery and red girls. Then the lacquer began to cooperate with the Imperial court and the Royal family began to give boxes to foreign monarchs.

The exposition of Fedoskino covers 220 years of history of appearance, development and flowering of miniature painting. Among the most popular motifs of lacquer miniatures — tea, divination, Troika. But clearly the artists showed themselves, copying the masterpieces of world painting: Rembrandt, Perov, Aivazovsky, One of the first-class work of fishing — casket, ordered by the merchant Savva Morozov to his daughter’s wedding, and boxes of Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

In the 20-30-ies of the last century, masters lived a difficult life, had to reflect the tumultuous events of the Soviet regime. From here works with the image of Lenin, the revolutionary subjects and collectivization. Here the so-called “propaganda lucky” with the words “Proletarian horse to fight the capital, reading-room Hut”, “Revolution is coming”. The latter generally took the Grand Prix at the Paris exhibition.

In the mid-twentieth century masters sighed, starting to experiment, from traditional scenes went on to fantasy, modern and even avant-garde. Visitors crowd the boxes created by the present government leaders, Royal houses and heads of foreign countries: Brezhnev, Ho Chi Minh, Khrushchev, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Queen of Denmark Margrethe II. Here is a casket, created as a gift to Pope Francis from Patriarch Kirill to his recent meeting with the head of the Catholic Church, and, of course, the casket of Putin.

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