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Need help reading signature on Russian Lacquer Box

Posted: Sep 6th, 15, 21:06
by ReneR
Hi. I collect Russian Lacquer boxes. Can you help me read the signature on this one? The only word I know is Palekh. Палех

Thanks so much!

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Re: Need help reading signature on Russian Lacquer Box

Posted: Sep 9th, 15, 00:19
by Taras
Hi ReneR,
the signature is as follows:
№266 Бэла. соч. М.Ю. Лермонтова. С. Палех. А.С. Баранов. 1938.
"Бэла" is a short novel by the famous Russian writer Mikhail Yurievich Lermontov (Михаил Юрьевич Лермонтов). The contraction "соч." possibly means "сочинение" (essay), which indicates that the author of "Bela" is Lermontov. "С. Палех" seems to mean "село Палех" (village of Palekh). According to Wikipedia, in 1947 Palekh acquired the status "urban-type settlement", and that is why before 1947 perhaps it had been called village. Due to the fact that you collect Russian lacquer boxes, you probably know that people who lived in Palekh made a lot of nice things with lacquer. Then the signature states the name "А.С. Баранов", which must be the name of the author of this box. 1938 is the year when the box was made.

So, the overall meaning of this signature seems to be that in 1938 in the village of Palekh A.S. Baranov made this box and drew a picture on it. This picture shows a situation from the novelette "Bela" by M.Yu. Lermontov.

Re: Need help reading signature on Russian Lacquer Box

Posted: Sep 9th, 15, 01:48
by ReneR
Thanks so much!

Re: Need help reading signature on Russian Lacquer Box

Posted: Mar 5th, 19, 14:42
by EnglishNinja
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Re: Need help reading signature on Russian Lacquer Box

Posted: Aug 4th, 19, 23:39
by Boojah
Please can someone help me with my box I can’t find any Info on it.

Won’t let me upload pic but it looks like

NA^EX
TPONKA
C.to.

Re: Need help reading signature on Russian Lacquer Box

Posted: Aug 29th, 19, 10:40
by Kate Bondar
Hello
If you want to learn to read in Russian, go here
https://youtu.be/8HdkhDB77k0