Flower Brooches from Mstera
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The Mstera (or Mstyora, sometimes
Mstiora) miniature is a Russian folk art consisting of miniature
painting done with egg tempera paints on lacquered pins, boxes, eggs and
panels, for the most part made of papier-mache. Arts and crafts,
including traditional icon painting has been noted in Mstera since the
17th century. By the 19th, most of the village population engaged in
iconography and the related trades. In the early 20th century, after the
Russian Revolution outlawed the production of religious goods, Mstera
painters formed a workship (artel) that they named "Ancient
Russian Folk Painting" and which basically was an association of former icon painters.
Their output consisted of lacquer miniatures, wooden kitchenware,
nesting dolls and more. This artel was turned into a factory in 1960.
The technology of Mstera crafts is similar to that of Palekh artists.
One feature the Mstera artists expanded on was the freehand border
decorations which has been a characteristic of Mstera icon painting.
Mstera, together with Palekh, Kholui and Fedoskino, is one of the four
great centers of lacquer production. Though known as "villages", these
are really small towns.
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information at (800) 778-9404. Supply limited to one of each shown. All items are gift boxed. Round brooches are 2" diameter, oval are 2½ " x 1½ ".
All brooches have the traditional embedded safety pin backing and are in excellent condition.
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