Saturday, January 23, 2016

A different style of folk art

When I've blogged about the Chicago Christkindlmarket, I've always featured the German booths.
The market features several other ethnicities and nationalities as well. 

 One of my favorites is the Russian Lacquer Art.
Each item is very detailed and a work of art. Many with Christmas or Winter themes.
I've purchased a few pieces over the years. The first piece I purchased at the very first Christkindlmarket 30 years ago:

This little scene spoke to me the moment I saw it,
but I had to go back three times before I purchased it :)
(I ate sack lunches for over a week to justify the purchase.)
You can't tell how small this brooch is from the photo above, so maybe this will help:

Can you imagine working with such tiny brushes?

This little scene is painted on a piece of mother of pearl.
It is hard to tell from the photos, but the shell coloring and luminescence adds a lot of dimension to this pin. I still wear it frequently and  think it was worth the sack lunches all those years ago :)

Several years back, I purchased this Russian lacquer box.
The colors were so beautiful and I loved the log cabins and the wintery scene.
There is a sweet little gold leaf border on the edge.

The inside reminds me of a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes :)

This box was my most recent acquisition.
Another peaceful Winter scene.
I loved the horse pulling the sled and the peaceful little creek and bridge.

It's hard to tell in the photos, but where the sun appears to be shining along the creek by the bridge ~ that is actually inlaid mother of pearl.
Another miniature work of art

with the signature red lacquered interior.

The Russian booth also had incredible birch bark boxes, but that is another story for another day...
I hope that you enjoyed my little collection ~ a little wintery pleasure on thisblustery day.
Prayers for my friends out east . Stay safe!

 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
~Matthew 7:7-8

And there is still time to enter my giveaway. I'll be picking a winner tomorrow evening.
Click here to read about the giveaway.

Blessings, Patti


Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Oh my goodness...gorgeous, stunning works of art for sure!
I love them!

annie said...

Those are amazing, no wonder you wanted them.
I have seen some, and think I have a few somewhere here, Japanese mother of pearl hand painted pins, but they are simple designs, nothing like what you have. When I first saw your photos without reading the texts, I thought yours were decoupaged designs. After reading those, I was amazed at the detail and brush work, just beautiful.
I love your boxes as well! All are true works of art! Thank you so much for posting!

A wonderful way to spend a snowy blizzard afternoon!
We have about a foot of snow, it is pouring more, and everything is pretty much shut down.
Less than 10 degrees tonight with today's high of 22.
Three feet deep just a little ways up the road.
Nothing compared to what some are dealing with.
But God is faithful, He can calm the storm.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Beautiful works of art

Rugs and Pugs said...

Truly works of art!
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs :)

WoolenSails said...

Those are beautiful pieces and I can see why you treated yourself to some of them, well worth a bag lunch.


Marilyn said...

The Brooch is beautiful, as are the boxes.
Love Mother of Pearl!
My watch face has MOP in it.
Thanks for sharng the beautiful pics, truly works of art.

Sherry said...

What beautiful art work! Mother of Pearl is so beautiful and to have a painting on it! I like those bark boxes also. You have a lovely collection!

cucki said...

Wow beautiful work of art
I love them x

Farmhouse prims said...

I can't believe that someone can paint something so small and so detailed. Everything is so beautiful. Such a lovely collection. Lecia

Dirt Road Primitives said...

Patti a wonderful collection of art work. Hard to believe that someone actually painted detailed and small....

Thank you for sharing...

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Beautiful works of art!
TFS Patti!
Stay Warm