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Category Archive: Miniature

Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Bronze stand 'Mona Lisa' for a crystal candy bowl. Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Bronze stand Mona Lisa for a crystal candy bowl. Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Miniature bronze sculptures made by Moscow based artist of applied art Pavel Zaitsev remind of the old days of palace intrigues and magnificent balls. The bronze figures are striking in their realism and artistic performance – whether it’s French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo (1981 film “The Professional), or Mikhail Boyarsky as D’Artagnan. For more than 10 years Pavel Zaitsev has been engaged in manufacturing miniature bronze figurines as stands for wine glasses, vases, and glasses. During this time he has made more than a hundred of models. The combination of bronze and cut glass (crystal) looks extremely beautiful. Master combines crystal with other metals and hot casting. These are silver and nickel silver, brass, and even gold. Made in vintage style glasses associated with palace luxury – they are sought and aristocratic, worthy of the palace interior.
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Nicholas Hilliard portrait miniature art

Nicholas Hilliard portrait miniature art. Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia, daughter of James I, 1605–1610

Queen of Bohemia, daughter of James I, Elizabeth. 1605–1610. Nicholas Hilliard portrait miniature

Nicholas Hilliard portrait miniature art

Son of a citizen of Exeter, Hilliard founded the school of English miniature art, not only among courtiers ostentatiously vying with one another for the “Queen’s picture in little” at “forty, fifty or a hundred ducats apiece”, but among all who desired mementoes of their family or friends. Miniature painting went on at high level in England until the era of Cosway (Richard Cosway (1742 – 1821) – eminent English miniature painter, who portrayed all the beauty and fashion of his day) at the end of George III’s reign, and indeed it was only killed by photography. (G.M. Trevelyan. Illustrated English Social History)
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Wonderful Felted toys by Natalia Fadeeva

Blowing soap bubbles. Felted toys by Natalia Fadeeva

Blowing soap bubbles. Felted toys by Natalia Fadeeva

Felted toys by Natalia Fadeeva
Textile art, and creating felted toys in particular, have become a natural extension of the creative path that Natalia followed from early childhood to adult career. Russian artist of applied art Natalia Fadeeva is the author of these wonderful toys made of felt or mohair. The artist creates her works by hand, and each of them is presented in a single copy. All the little creatures have a special character, and even facial expressions. It seems that a cat is just about to jump off the shelf, or a mouse family sitting at the breakfast table are going to run away on their business. Natalia Fadeeva has been making stuffed animals for more than 15 years now. Started by her small toy making business has become a family business, in which involved other members of the family – her husband and son. Natalia Fadeeva sells her works worldwide. In addition to textile art, she is fond of creating video games, photography, and painting.
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Five cats collectible coins

Five cats collectible coins

The first in a series dedicated to the most popular Latvian fairy tales – Five cats collectible coins

Five cats collectible coins
The Bank of Latvia issued a cute coin with fabulous cats. The design of the 5 euro coins was made by illustrator Anita Paegle. The collectible coin is based on the fairy tale of the Latvian author Albert Cronenberg “Five cats.” The tale tells about 5 cats named Murici, Nyuris, Intsis, Mintsis and Puntsis. This is the first coin of the “fairy-tale series”. How many types of coins will be produced, is not specified. The circulation of the issued coins – 10 thousand copies, and the cost of each reaches 39 euros in the Latvian banks. Those wishing to purchase for a “cat” coin of 925 silver weighing 31.47 grams and a diameter of 38.61 mm will have to pay € 39. Hardly anyone is going to use these coins as payment, they are mostly intended for collectors.
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Hasan Kale Mıcro Art

Hasan Kale Mıcro Art

Bird, miniature painting on M & M’s candy. Hasan Kale Mıcro Art

Hasan Kale Mıcro Art

Unique, and without doubt talented artist Hasan Kale was born in 1960 in Turkey. Hasan makes awesome miniature, even micro drawings of beautiful landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife, historical characters, and not only. The artist has been working in micro miniature since the 1980s. For his detailed mini-marvels he uses extraordinary canvases, such as the wings of any taxidermied insect, a lemon peel, pasta, snail shells, seeds, lump of sugar, grain of rice, and even sharp plant spikes! However, the skillful artist doesn’t need a wooden board to mix colors on it, instead, he uses his finger as a palette. For 55-year-old artist miniaturist the main inspiration is his native city, that’s why we see colorful scenes of Istanbul in most of his art works.
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Victoria Chernysheva miniature toys

Victoria Chernysheva miniature toys

Sphinx. Sculpted by hand, without the use of mold, painted with acrylic paints. Victoria Chernysheva miniature toys

Victoria Chernysheva miniature toys
Russian mixed media artist Victoria Chernysheva has created a wonderful gallery of life-like realistic toys of dogs, teddy bears, cats, ferrets, mice and birds. Traditionally, the artist works in a variety of techniques. These cute miniature toys are not more than 3 cm tall!
Born 3 October, 1977 in Rostov-on-Don, Victoria is currently living here with her husband and their two wonderful children. Before she started making teddy bears and dolls, Victoria tried her hand in different directions of applied art, but miniature has conquered her completely. According to the artist, the world of miniature captivates. Noteworhy, she creates her detailed miniature works manually, and very carefully, so every work is unique.
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Olga Maltseva ceramic art

Olga Maltseva ceramic art

Alice, Hatter, the March Hare and the Cheshire Cat from the collection ‘Alice in Wonderland’. One of a kind ceramic doll. Hand molding, high temperature firing, engobes, glazing. Olga Maltseva ceramic art

Olga Maltseva ceramic art
Talented St. Petersburg based ceramic artist Olga Maltseva has created a beautiful collection of dolls. They are the characters of the wonderful fairy tale “Alice in Wonderland” – Alice, Hatter, the March Hare and the Cheshire Cat. All works are performed entirely by hand without the use of preprinted forms. Engobe painted and glazed, there were two high-temperature sintering. Soon the company will join Blue Caterpillar and the Queen of Hearts. Olga Maltseva lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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