Russian Santas
Russian Matryoshka Nested Dolls

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Hand Carved and Painted
Matryoshka Dolls History
Please note that because Russian Ornaments are hand made by various Russian artists, it is not unusual for there to be slight variances in color and pattern, though the general design will be as pictured.

Russian Nested Doll Red and Black with Flowers
Item Sku: 536N
Russian Nested Doll Red and Black with Flowers

$18.95

Russian Nested Doll Blue with Flowers
Item Sku: 589N
Russian Nested Doll Blue with Flowers

$18.95

Russian Nested Doll Green with Flowers
Item Sku: 590N
Russian Nested Doll Green with Flowers

$18.95

Russian Nested Doll Nativity Scenes
Item Sku: 116N
Russian Nested Doll Nativity Scenes

$75.00

Russian Nested Doll - Alice in Wonderland
Item Sku: 132N
Russian Nested Doll - Alice in Wonderland

$75.00

Russian Nested Doll Frog Princess
Item Sku: 133N
Russian Nested Doll Frog Princess

$75.00

Russian Nested Doll Snow Maiden
Item Sku: 134N
Russian Nested Doll Snow Maiden

$75.00

Russian Nested Doll Red Riding Hood
Item Sku: 135N
Russian Nested Doll Red Riding Hood

$75.00

Russian Nested Doll Red and Gold with Flowers
Item Sku: 184N
Russian Nested Doll Red and Gold with Flowers

$75.00

Russian Nested Doll Lavender Flowered Lady
Item Sku: 196N
Russian Nested Doll Lavender Flowered Lady

$65.00

Russian Nested Doll Green Flowered Lady
Item Sku: 197N
Russian Nested Doll Green Flowered Lady

$65.00

Russian Nested Doll St. Basils Cathedral Natural, Blue, and Gold
Item Sku: 452N
Russian Nested Doll St. Basil's Cathedral - Natural, Blue, and Gold

$65.00

Russian Nested Doll Red with Flowers
Item Sku: 388N
Russian Nested Doll Red with Flowers

$12.00

Russian Nested Doll Red with Flowers
Item Sku: 389N
Russian Nested Doll Red with Flowers

$12.00

Russian Nested Doll Natural Red Highlights
Item Sku: 293N
Russian Nested Doll Natural - Red Highlights

$18.00

Russian Nested Doll Natural Pink Highlights
Item Sku: 428N
Russian Nested Doll Natural - Pink Highlights

$18.00

Russian Nested Doll Red with Flowers
Item Sku: 279N-1
Russian Nested Doll Red with Flowers

$20.00

Russian Nested Doll Red with Ladybug and Flowers
Item Sku: 279N
Russian Nested Doll Red with Ladybug and Flowers

$20.00

Russian Nested Doll Red with Flowers
Item Sku: 275N
Russian Nested Doll Red with Flowers

$20.00

Russian Nested Doll with Strawberries
Item Sku: 274N
Russian Nested Doll with Strawberries

$20.00

Russian Nested Doll Snowman
Item Sku: 341N
Russian Nested Doll Snowman

$24.00 Each

Russian Nested Doll Santa
Item Sku: 332N
Russian Nested Doll Santa

$24.00

Russian Nested Doll Santa with Tree
Item Sku: 17N
Russian Nested Doll Santa with Tree

$24.00

Russian Nested Doll Angel Scene
Item Sku: 344N-1
Russian Nested Doll Angel Scene

$28.00

Russian Nested Doll Floral Green
Item Sku: 377N-1
Russian Nested Doll Floral Green

$30.00

The concept of nesting dolls has an extensive history going back at least 900 years. Nested folk boxes were first invented in China about 1000 A.D. In the early 1800's the Chinese first created wooden nesting dolls as we know them today. The early Chinese sets were thinly turned and grotesquely lacquered. The smallest doll in the set was a grain of rice. The development of nesting dolls was furthered considerably in Russian as the concept spread West. In the latter part of the 19th century, Russia artist Sergei Malyutin sketched the first Russian nested doll. Master carver V. Zveydochin turned the dolls on a wood lathe, while Malyutin painted the first set himself. These pioneering Zveydochin Matryoshka dolls are on permanent display at the Museum of Toys in Zagorsk. The Matryoshka's popularity extended beyond the borders of that country after being displayed in the Paris World Exposition in 1900. A few years later, Yevgenny Bezrukov created a set of 70 dolls, hand carved from a lime tree. This set has been exhibited at three World's Fairs. In the 1920's, exports of nesting dolls from Russia increased dramatically with the opening of a major production center in Zagorsk. About this same time, nesting dolls were being made by German toymakers in and around Munich. The craft did not flourish there, but continued to prosper in Russia and Poland. It wasn't until the late 1950's and early 1960's that the Soviet dolls became well known outside their own country. In more recent years, other countries have "flattered" the Russians by imitating the nesting dolls, while introducing distinctive characteristics reflective of their own cultures.

Nesting dolls are most often made of lathe turned hardwoods. In the past, some sets were hand-carved. A few plastic sets can even be found. However, hand painted wooden sets most effectively reveal the artisan's skill and are the most desirable. Nesting dolls characteristically split in half to reveal another, smaller doll, and yet another diminishing size.

Nesting dolls are primarily sought out by adult collectors. The Russian types are particularly popular with adults since they are very artistic, detailed, delicate and varied. Yet children also love the Russian dolls. They enjoy nesting and un-nesting the sets, arranging and rearranging them for hours.