Lot 21

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A FINE RUSSIAN ICON OF THE OLD TESTAMENT TRINITY, MOSCOW, PERHAPS PALEKH, CIRCA 1850. This icon depicts the three angels that appeared to Abraham at the Oak of Mamre as recorded in the book of Genesis, Chapter 18. The three angels are seated at a table, the Patriarch Abraham is depicted lower left and his wife Sara is shown lower right, both serving the visitors. In the background are highly stylized hills and a tree (the Oak of Mamre). Generally speaking the three persons of the Trinity are not distinguished by inscriptions, however some understood them thusly: Christ at center, above whom is a tree, signifying the wood of the cross, God the Father at left, before a building symbolizing the Church, and the Holy Spirit on the right, below a hill signifying spiritual ascent. The upper margin with inscription identifying the subject as, "Image of the Life-giving Trinity." Overlaid with a gilded silver, repousse and chased riza, hallmarked Tver, dated 1857 and Cyrillic maker's mark AP and 84 silver standard. 13 inches x 11 inches (33 x 28 cm).

Estimate:  $2,000 - 3,000   € 1,800 - 2,700
Price Realized: $4,750.00

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