Posted 3 years ago
I just picked up this Russian Lacquer box and hope someone can help me determine age, and location. This is what I know - it is signed in three places: the left side which is supposed to be the village or area that is from. It is possible that it may be from Mstera or Kholui but again I don't read Russian. The center or middle area is supposedly the title. I do know the subject matter is a common one - Troika - a Russian sled pulled by three horses, but I'm not sure if that is what the title actually says. The last is on the right and that is supposedly the artist. The box lid measures 6 3/4" x 4 1/4" while the actually body of the box is 6 3/8" x 4 1/16. It is 1 1/2" high or deep counting the lid. The interior is red and smells of linseed oil. What is interesting is that the horses are all black - and I have been unable to find any images on line of a Troika being pulled by black horses. I would appreciate any help with the translation and perhaps an age for the box. I picked it up at an estate sale.