Famous Fedoskino Artist Margarita Belova is responsible for this exceptional piece. From the lavish palette of color, to the fascinating detail, an exciting and well rounded work of art. Portrait artistry at its Top! Radiating with the brilliance of gold , wonderful oil paints and intricate details, this composition is a reproduction of an oil-on-canvas painted by Russian artist Konstantin Makovskiy (1839-1915) in 1914. A popular in Fedoskino composition, this is a masterful interpretation and can be a highlight of any collection!
The solid, deep olive brownish background brings out the holiday of color just that much more. The soothing expression upon the lady's face is priceless. Our eyes are also drawn to the detail in her ruffled clothing, the precise shapes of the tea serving set and the artful designs throughout her clothing. A creamy vanilla, rose red, teal and gold-yellow dominate the composition. A delicious arrangement of color!
Afternoon tea-time (chaepitie) was as much an essential ritual in nineteenth-century Russia as in Victorian England--with a few major differences. The water was boiled in a samovar, which literally translated means "self-heating" (samo=self / varit'=to heat). The samovar is attached to a tiny stove unit at the base. This made the tea too hot to drink from a cup and so it was often drunk from a saucer, as this woman is depicted. However, like the British, cakes or sandwiches were usually eaten with the tea to tide one over until dinner. Candies, much like the ones composed, are also easily welcomed.
A hinge is fastened to the left of the composition, and the box rests on a flat bottom. The sides of the box are decorated with elegant gold ornament.
The box is constructed from paper-mache made in the village of Fedoskino. White color is used to paint the exterior and exterior of this box, which is quit unusual.
The artist has written the name of the village ( Fedoskino), name of Makovskiy and name of the work(“Chaepitie” and name of the artist who paint this box (Belova M.) along the bottom of the composition.