The souvenir collection “Russian Lacquers” presents a hand-made casket “The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Knights” created in the best traditions of lacquer miniature painting of Palekh school. The motifs of the well-known fairy tale in verse by Alexander Pushkin are used in its decoration. Due to her stepmother’s jealousy a beautiful Princess finds herself in a remote woodland and is sheltered in the house of Seven Knights. The seven brothers, however, cannot save the Beauty from the sorcery of the bad witch, the stepmother, who presents the girl with a poisoned apple. The Princess’s fiancé Prince Yelisei travels around the world to find his beloved and finally encounters her dead body in the thicket. Yelisei’s kiss brings the Princess back to life. The exquisite manner of the painting reveals the main stylistic features of Palekh school – diminutiveness of brush strokes, brightness of colours and contouring of details with leaf-gold.
Lacquer boxes are created by hand using time-honored techniques of Russian master craftsmen. Items might slightly differ from the sample in painting details and shape.