The country of Russia is a place of fascination and mystery. Nowhere is this mystique more deeply reflected than in the decorative arts. An understanding of the artistry of lacquered and highly decorated papier-mâché boxes provides keen insights into the heritage and time-honored perspectives of the Russian people. Known for their lacquer papier-mâché, the master artisans of Fedoskino village began using this beautiful, light and practical material extensively in the late 18th century. Their resulting artistry remained immensely popular throughout the entire 19th century.
Papier-mâché, which is the basis of this unique art form, is a type of cardboard made from layers of glued paper boiled in linseed oil, and then dried and primed. This technology has been saving for two centuries. A variety of small and useful items are created from this papier-mâché including a wide range of small plates, boxes, caskets and snuffboxes.
Each piece is unique and they were presented to the Pope, the president of United States and Prime-minister of Great Britain. Each piece has unification number and originality is proved by certificate and personal sign of artist.
We invite you to visit factory in Fedoskino. The professional guide will tell you about history of this decorative art, show the process of papier-mâché production and exposition of unique masterpieces, which are more than 200 years old. You will visit the halls of all steps of only hand made production starting from form production and to the artists’ halls where the professionals make this beauty.
Price per person in EURO
Tour program includes:
- Transportation to museum (20 km outside of Moscow)
- Tour in factory of Fedoskino with visiting all steps of production
- Guide-interpreter (English, Spanish, French and German);
- Museum guide;
- Tour in the museum;
- Master class of papier-mâché boxes’ painting.
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