#328 Russian Nativity
Acquired 2002Crafted exclusively for Marshall Fields and Signals catalogs (the same company owners), this set is quietly inspiring and eminently collectible. This is the first set that I have that comes from Russia. These beautiful pieces began as original woodcarvings created in Russia, and then exquisitely hand-painted in an old-world palette and style. A perfect mold of the original was handmade, then, using a wood-based material; the limited-edition pieces were hand-cast and hand-painted exactly like the original work of art. This is an authentic Russian design by G. DeBrekht Artistic Studio. Purchase November 2002; purchase price, $295.00.