Matryoshka-dolls

The first matryoshka's (doll nests with successively smaller dolls fitted into one another) appeared in Russia in the late 19th century. They consisted of seven dolls, each depicting a girl wearing a sleeveless cotton dress, white apron and a multi-coloured shawl, sometimes holding a black rooster in her hands. The first matryoshka's were turned in a factory of children's toys in Moscow. When that factory closed down, the models found their way to a workshop in Sergiev Possad, near Moscow. A few years later many local masters knew how to make these dolls. They soon became famous throughout Russia and abroad and in 1900 they were displayed at an exhibition in Paris. There were a wide variety of matryoshka's: a girl in a motley shawl with a bouquet of flowers or a basket with berries; in a fur jacket and a shawl with tassels; or characters from Russian fairy tales.
Modern matryoshka's are either painted or pokered ("drawing" lines/details in the wood by means of a thin hot (soldering) iron. The colours include all shades of red, blue, yellow and green, although the pokered ones often only use the colour of the natural wood, with only some small gold and/or white details. Next to the girls you can now find historical or literary characters, football teams, presidents, Walt Disney stories, you name it. The number of dolls remains traditional, mostly uneven, although sometimes a giant set may consist of twenty and more, in which case the largest doll can be over 50 cms tall and the smallest one shorter than one cm.

However, the "normal" sets are way too big for our miniature use. From the large sets you could use the last two or three, but you don't want to spend a lot of money on something that you are only going to use maybe one tenth of.
Luckily over the years I have found several artists, who make various styles of Matryoshka dolls for me.
All dolls (singles and sets) are made of wood, handturned and handpainted in the most beautiful colours. The sets consist of either three or five dolls, that fit into one another. Although colours and patterns may vary, each doll is yet another proof of the Russian craftmanship. Where possible, I have stated the specific colours you can order. But some artists work with such a wide range/mix of colours, that it is simply impossible to photograph and/or describe each one of them. In that case I ask you to indicate which basic colour you prefer and I will send you one that comes as close as possible.


MD–010
Single Matryoshka dioll

Handpainted by Elena,
comes in many different colours –
1.6 cm
Euro: 7.00

MD–020
Single Matryoshka dioll

Handpainted by Nicolai,
available in dark–red, black or dark–blue –
1,5 cm
Euro: 6.00

MD–030
Single Matryoshka dioll

These wooden dolls have been branded first and were then handpainted, by Luba.
They come in many different colours–
1,5 cm
Euro: 8.50

MC–010
Single Cat

These cute cats all have a little kitten with them. Different cats on different colours of back–ground. Handpainted by Irina –
1,8 cm
Euro: 7.00

MS–010
Set of 3–in–1 Matryoshka dolls

Handpainted by Nadezhda, chubby style,
many different colours,
0,4–0,85–1,3 cm
Euro: 16.50

MS–020
Set of 3–in–1 Matryoshka dolls

Handpainted by Nadezhda, tall style,
many different colours,
0,7–1,2–1,7 cm
Euro: 19.50

MS–040
Set of 3–in–1 Matryoshka dolls

Set of Grandfather, Grandmother and Grandchild, handpainted by Olga,
0,7–1,2–1,7 cm
Euro: 26.00

MCS–010
Set of 3–in–1 cats

Set of different cats, in different colours, handpainted by Irina,
0,7–1,2–1,7 cm
Euro: 26.00

MS–060
Set of 5–in–1 Matryoshka dolls

Handpainted by Sergey,
small,
0,25–0,5–0,7–1,0–1,6 cm
Euro: 32.00

MS–070
Set of 5–in–1 Matryoshka dolls

Handpainted by Sergey,
medium,
0,4–0,7–1,0–1,5–2,0 cm
Euro: 26.00

MS–080
Set of 5–in–1 Matryoshka dolls

Handpainted by Sergey,
large
0,4–0,8–1,3–2,0–2,7 cm
Euro: 24.00

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