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Lacquered boxes, beautiful and practical

Did you know that lacquer has been used to decorate household items for over a millennium? The techniques have evolved, but invariably, touching a lacquered surface has given people a pleasant sense of evenness, fidelity and perfection. Russia has a centuries-old tradition of making lacquered boxes dating back to the eighteenth century. According to many art historians, the art of painting on lacquered boxes has its roots in Russian iconography.

If you are looking for a gift that is creative, beautiful and also practical, a lacquered box from the workshops of Saint Elisabeth Convent can be a good choice. Like in the old times, the modern lacquered box is made from wood or paper mash and hand-painted with oil paints. These table-top boxes will add beauty to your house. You can also use them as jewellery boxes or as storage boxes for small objects like threads, needles, or buttons.

How a wooden work piece becomes a lacquered decorative box

How does a workpiece become a beautiful lacquered box? First, an artisan grounds the surface. Then a painter comes in to lay the base layer and paint it by hand with a unique image or pattern. At the end of the process, a layer of lacquer is applied. The deep black background layer adds brightness and volume to the image. The lacquered layer strengthens the effect. Out painters use the same process as their peers from Russia's Fedoskino and Palekh lacquerware crafts.

Lacquered boxes come in many shapes - oval, round, rectangular or drop-like. There are even sets of nested boxes. Your girlfriend, wife or mother will appreciate a heart-shaped box with colours on a magnificent black background. Children will be impressed by the boxes with fairy-tale scenes. Some small lacquered boxes have images of icons and churches. They are perfect for keeping small relics or myrrh containers. Boxes with landscape scenes will suit most tastes.

Safekeeper of your best things and happy memories

Give yourself and your loved ones a lacquered box, to safe keep their valuable objects and the best memories of this Christmas. The choice is wide, and we are happy to help you if you have any difficulty making your decision. Just let us know. If you have already made your order, congratulations. We are on our way to pack it and send it to you. It will not take a minute!

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