I believe the dolls are in order from largest to smallest are: Boris Yeltsin, Mikhail Gorbachev, Leonid Brezhnev, Nikita Khrushchev, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, Czar Nicholas II, Catherine The Great, Peter The Great and Rasputin. All dolls are in very good condition. Vibrant colors, tight fitting pieces and classic artwork. Although the artistic design and popularity of Russian stacking dolls has greatly evolved through the decades, the methods that are used to produce them haven't changed at all since 1890. The process is very meticulous itself, and greatly relies on the skills of Russian craftsmen.
Nesting dolls are usually made from oak or birch wooden blocks. Timber that is used to manufacture nesting dolls is cut down and stripped of its bark and stacked in piles in order to allow for air flow and conditioning of the wood. Once the craftsman determines that the wood is ready to be cut, the logs are then sawn into planks. The wood is then turned about 15 times in the hands of a turner before becoming a finished doll. At that stage, the blank nesting dolls are hand-painted by trained artists with the most vibrant colors and painstaking attention to detail.
Due to the high amount of precision and the complexity of design that go into making babushka dolls, machines cannot be used at any stage of the process. In fact, it is the hard work, craftsmanship, and effort of both the artist and the wood carver that, through a process of almost magical metamorphosis, for over 100 years have come together to turn rough blocks of wood into the uniquely beautiful works of art, recognized the world over. The item "VINTAGE 10 PIECE SET RUSSIAN NESTING DOLLS MATRYOSHKA RUSSIAN SOVIET LEADERS" is in sale since Tuesday, April 03, 2018. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\By Type\Nesting". The seller is "teedubya-discounts" and is located in Brick, New Jersey.
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