The box is signed with the artists name T. Markova (in Russian letters), also " the DATE" (name of the piece). "I loved you first: but afterwards your love" BY CHRISTINA ROSSETTI Poca favilla gran fiamma seconda.
Dante Ogni altra cosa, ogni pensier va fore, E sol ivi con voi rimansi amore. I loved you first: but afterwards your love Outsoaring mine, sang such a loftier song As drowned the friendly cooings of my dove. Which owes the other most?My love was long, And yours one moment seemed to wax more strong; I loved and guessed at you, you construed me And loved me for what might or might not be Nay, weights and measures do us both a wrong. For verily love knows not mine or thine; With separate I and thou free love has done, For one is both and both are one in love: Rich love knows nought of thine that is not mine; Both have the strength and both the length thereof, Both of us, of the love which makes us one. The boxes most widely sought after come from one of four small Russian villages - Palekh, Fedoskino, Kholui, and Mstera. Special schools have been established at these places where artists train for four years before they become members of each village's art community. Each village also has its unique style. Please leave feedback once you have received the item so that I know it has arrived safely. I will leave feedback in return. Smoke & Pet Free Item. The item "LACQUER SHELL Box LOVERS Wedding SMALL HAND PAINTED DATE Couple Russian signed" is in sale since Thursday, September 17, 2020. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls, Clothing & Accessories\Russian Dolls". The seller is "tom3burma" and is located in Norwich. This item can be shipped worldwide.