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Fairytale Russian/Matryoshka dolls, set of five beautifully painted

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This set of large Matryoshka Russian dolls are elaborately hand painted. The main backdrop colour is a bright-blood red with lots of floral embellishment.

Story tellers from Eastern Europe often used Russian dolls when telling stories to help bring their tales to life. These dolls follow that tradition. Most of the paintwork features sequences from a classic Russian fairy story called Tsar Saltan (Swan Princess, Magic Squirrel).

The dolls feature various components from the fairytale including a magic squirrel kept in a crystal cage, brave warriors, majestic ships and a beautiful palace. (See below for more detail on Tsar Saltan.)

Deep and vibrant colours have been used to bring the drama of Tsar Saltan to life. These contrast prettily with the floral motif that features on most of the dolls. The flowers painted are dreamy and creamy and used as a traditional symbol of femininity, love and motherhood.

A gilt border features around the headdress of four of the five dolls that appears bedecked with lace and pearls.

Each of the dolls has a pretty face with a slightly surprised, but pleasing expression. Big blue eyes peep out from long painted eyelashes. Flushed cheeks and pouty red lips add to the charm.

With three layers of lacquer, the dolls have a glossy lustre to them that displays the gilt and painted patterning to best effect.

The dolls look lovely presented on a kitchen dresser, in an armoire or on simple rustic shelving. They are also suitable for being played with and would make a wonderful stocking filler or charming Christmas gift.

The dolls are in good condition and were carved and painted in St Petersburg, Russia.

Vital Statistics:

Doll one: 18.5 cm.
Doll two: 13.5 cm.
Doll three: 10.5 cm.
Doll four: 8.5 cm.
Doll five: 4.5 cm.

The Fairytale Bit: Tsar Saltan (Swan Princess, Magic Squirrel) is a classic Russian fairytale that involves evil sisters, a magic, gold nut cracking squirrel that lives in a crystal cage, 33 warriors, a swan princess, lots of ocean travel, mistaken identity and, of course, a happy and romantic ending. Read the full story here: http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/russian/russianwondertales/tsarsaltan.html

You can find more Russian nesting dolls in Pavlova & Fox's Christmas Collection: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PavlovaandFox?section_id=10539916

Fairytale Russian/Matryoshka dolls, set of five beautifully painted


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  • Materials: Wood, Laquer
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