#328 Russian Nativity

Acquired 2002

Crafted 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.