Fairy Tales in Lacquer: Antique Lacquer Box + Vodka Tasting @ Russian Cultural Center "Our Texas", Houston [7 July]

Fairy Tales in Lacquer: Antique Lacquer Box + Vodka Tasting

19:30 - 21:00

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Russian Cultural Center "Our Texas"
2337 Bissonnet St, Houston, Texas 77005
When: Opening Reception: July 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Exhibition: July 7, 2017 – September 7, 2017

Where: RCC Our Texas – 2337 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77005

Russian Cultural Center – Our Texas is proud to present “Fairy Tales in Lacquer,” an exhibition of antique Russian lacquer boxes.

The traditional origins of lacquer boxes, and the reason for their prevalence in Russian culture, lies in one of Peter the Great’s decrees in 1721, where he asked for ninety-four lacquer tiles to adorn the Monplaisir Palace in St. Petersburg.

This decree created an influx of artisans trained in the art of painting lacquered wood, who went on to use this newfound knowledge to create beautiful, affordable snuff boxes for commoners.

Today, the craftsmanship of those past artisans has been passed down, with their expertise finding focus in four key towns: Fedoskino, Palekh, Kholuy, and Mystora. Each town has its own school that professes its own distinctive style.

Our unique collection contains boxes from the twentieth-century masters of their respective schools: Alexei Bogatikov and the widely respected Alexei Kovalyov of Palekh, Pavel Sladkov of Fedoskino, Kosobryukhov of Kholuy.

All boxes were made between 1967-1976.

There will be an opening reception on July 7th, 2017 at 7:30 pm, where we will also host a free tasting of Russian Standard’s new Cloisonné Edition vodka in collaboration with RNDC.

The Cloisonné bottles are truly beautiful, with designs emulating the meticulous techniques of Faberge art. This tradition was treasured by the Tsars of the Imperial Russian Court of yore and endures today because of its delicate charm.

Renowned in its native Russia and the world at large, Russian Standard has always been a staple amongst serious vodka lovers as a brand of reliably high quality with a smooth, impeccably balanced taste.

Appetizers and finger-foods will be served as well.

Admission is free.

All artworks are available for sale.

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