October 23, four postage stamps in the “Russian Arts and Crafts” series dedicated to Zhostovo painting were put into circulation

Zhostovo painting is an old Russian folk handicraft of painting on metal (tin) trays, which has existed in a village of Zhostovo, Mytishchi District, Moscow Oblast, since 1825, when O.F. Vishnyakov set up a workshop there.

The main motif of the painting is a simply composed flowery bouquet, in which garden and meadow flowers, leaves, buds, and stems are harmonically united. The painting is usually applied on a black background. A classic Zhostovo style involves several floristic compositions, such as “Mountain Ash”, “Currant”, “A Composed Bouquet”, “A Loose Bouquet”, “Circlet of Flowers”, and “Branch in a Corner”. The tray sides are differently decorated, with individual geometrical and flowery ornaments on each piece, which adds to the main theme of the painting. Each Zhostovo tray is hand-painted and has a signature of the author.

The postage stamps feature Zhostove trays of the All-Russian Decorative Art Museum.

In addition to the stamps release Marka joint stock company offers a souvenir pack with the four postage stamps, FDCs with cancellation for Moscow and Zhostovo, Moscow Oblast.

Design: Kh. Betredinova.
Face value: 22 RUB.
Size of stamp:50×50×70 mm (each block of four), size of sheet: 80×80 mm.
Form of issue: block of four stamps: “Circlet of Flowers” and “Currant” – one value, “Mountain Ash”— two values.
Circulation: 60 thousand blocks of four tamps.

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