Well-known Mstera artist Alexander Dogadin is the creator of this original master's work. Here he has chosen to depict various scenes in the development of the "Tale of a Hump-backed Horse".
In the beginning of the story, when one of three sons- Ivan caught the magic mare that trampled down wheat on his father's field. This mare promised Ivan to present three foals in exchange for freedom. Later two of these foals turned into the steeds with golden manes while the third one turned into the Humpbacked Little Pony. The old greedy Tsar obliged Ivan to fulfill different tasks, and the Humpbacked Little Pony always helped him. And in the end of a story instead of the tsar Ivan dipped himself in three cauldrons of boiling water, boiling milk and ice cold water, and transformed into a very handsome young man and the Tsar only boiled in the first one...
Dogadin has filled the palette with bright colors, which work to complement each other with great efficiency. The oranges and the blues are the first to come into full view in this scene. Gold paint is used in subtle amounts to highlight the scene and add flair for the eye to grasp. Throughout the composition there is a great amount of movement in the landscape, and in each of the characters.
The sides of the box are also have the paintings with the scenes from this tale, but painted against the black back-ground. As well on the sides we can find intricate and complex ornamentation, painted in blue colors and gold paint.
The box is made out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. The gold line is framed the composition and gold ornamentation is wraps around the edges of the lid of the box. This decoration is a beautiful accent to the painting and brings another aesthetic level to the piece. The box has a hinge above the composition and rests on four legs. The work is signed and titled by the artist in gold paints. The name of the work is signed above the composition.
Great original composition!