Russian Cultural Center Our Texas presents "Fairy Tales in Lacquer" opening reception
The Russian Cultural Center – Our Texas will present “Fairy Tales in Lacquer,” an exhibition of antique Russian lacquer boxes. The traditional origins of lacquer boxes, and the reason for their prevalence in Russian culture, lies in one of Peter the Great’s decrees in 1721, where he asked for 94 lacquer tiles to adorn the Monplaisir Palace in St. Petersburg. This decree created an influx of artisans trained in the art of painting lacquered wood, who went on to use this newfound knowledge to create beautiful, affordable snuff boxes for commoners.
Today, the craftsmanship of those past artisans has been passed down, with their expertise finding focus in four key towns: Fedoskino, Palekh, Kholuy, and Mystora. Each town has its own school that professes its own distinctive style. This unique collection contains boxes from the 20th century masters of their respective schools: Alexei Bogatikov and the widely respected Alexei Kovalyov of Palekh, Pavel Sladkov of Fedoskino, Kosobryukhov of Kholuy. All boxes were made between 1967-1976.
The opening reception will include a free tasting of Russian Standard’s new Cloisonné Edition vodka. The Cloisonné bottles are truly beautiful, with designs emulating the meticulous techniques of Faberge art. This tradition was treasured by the Tsars of the Imperial Russian Court of yore and endures today because of its delicate charm. Appetizers and finger foods will be served as well.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through September 7.