Russian Lacquer Boxes

All proceeds from our sales support the outstanding exhibitions, cultural presentations, and educational programs of The Museum of Russian Art.

Painted lacquer boxes, popularly thought to be a traditional Russian folk art, are actually a product of the Soviet period. Lacquer painting involves a delicate and elegant miniature style, typically done on the lids of lacquered, papier-mâché black boxes, with crimson interiors. 

Fedoskino, Kholui, Mstera, and Palekh, are three of the most famous villages where lacquer art has been produced. 

The subjects usually depict Russian fairy tales, landscapes, legends, and folk heroes. Lacquer boxes, originally created for Soviet citizens, developed a worldwide reputation after being sold at international arts and crafts fairs.