Fedoskino Lacquer Box with a view of the Moscow Kremlin, by
V P Rogatov, signed and dated 1968.
Papier-mache, oil painting, lacquer; measures 85 mm x 100 mm
x 37 mm (approx. 3½" x 4" x 1½ "). The artist's signature
"V. P. Rogatov" appears in the lower right corner, clearly
legible. The location "(village of) Fedoskino" and a 68 date
of manufacture is in the lower left, written in the same
fashion and clearly by the same hand. The interior is
painted red in traditional manner.
Views of the Kremlin were a favorite subject of generations
of Fedoskino artists, but quality of this box is absolutely
stunning - far above what we are used to seeing on Soviet
lacquer boxes. Especially striking are mother-of-pearl sky
and subtle dawn sunlight touching the tips of the wall. Note
also the almost impressionistic reflections and shadows on
the wet pavement below. The Spasskaya Clock Tower is
depicted in far better detail than usual; the silvery
silhouette of distant buildings on the left nicely anchors
and rounds up the composition.
The box is in excellent condition. The image is essentially
pristine, its original luster fully preserved. The lacquer
has a couple of tiny hairlines, one in the upper right and
one to the left of the tower, but they are barely noticeable
even against the lighter backdrop of the sky. There is a
single tiny chip to the black enamel at the right edge, also
almost unnoticeable. There are no scuffs, significant
cracks, discoloration spots or other serious wear.
Please note, the medal in our photo is for size reference.