An exhibition of Zhostovo trays has opened at the Tsaritsino Museum and Preserve in southeastern Moscow. About 400 one-of-a-kind trays painted in the famous Zhostovo style are on display.
The craft originated in the village of Zhostovo near Moscow. A local master, Osip Vishnyakov, organized decorative tray production there in the first half of the 19th century.
The initial patterns of tea-drinking, troika horse rides and landscapes were gradually replaced by easy-to-recognize bright floral design that became Zhostovo’s trademark.
© Voice of Russia. 18 April, 2011