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Lot  457

AN IMPORTANT IMPERIAL PRESENTATION RUSSIAN ICON 1913. Comprising a finely painted image of the Holy Visage overlaid with chased silver oklad and applied halo. The verso  retaining original velvet covering and set with engraved gilded plaque inscribed in Russian "Blessings of their Imperial Majesties" (Благословения их Императорских Величеств) and dated May 1913. The lower margin of oklad with condensed and abbreviated title rendered in Old Slavonic identifying the subject as "The Not-By-Hands-Made Image of the Lord." The oklad hallmarked Moscow 1896-1908, and Cyrillic maker's mark DS most likely for Dmitry Smirnov.  5.4 inches x 4.4 inches (13.5cm x 11.2cm).

Estimate: $3,500 - 5,000  € 2,975 - 4,250
Price Realized: $3,000.00 
 
Lot  458

AN IMPORTANT RUSSIAN MT. ATHOS ICON SIGNED & DATED. Comprising an icon of Saint Nicholas, traditionally depicted delivering a blessing and holding a book of Gospels, rendered in the typical Mt. Athos style. The lower left corner inscribed "Blessings of the Holy Mount Athos, Kellia (skete) of Holy Basil the Great, Starets (Elder) Hieromonk (Priest-monk) Kirill, year 1879" The entire image overlaid with a stunning multi-piece silver gilt, repoussé, chased and enameled oklad. The borders banded in cloisonné on a stippled gilt ground and with conforming champlevé enamel corner and side plaques. The border of halo in ornate enameled rosettes, the Gospels cover with translucent lavender enamel over engine turning and banded in turquoise enameled beading. Suspended from the neck of Nicholas an engraved and enameled panagia engraved with a likeness of Christ and with crown finial. The vestments of Nicholas constructed as a separate piece in high relief repoussé with extensive chasing. Hallmarked Moscow, dated 1880 and with Cyrillic maker's mark AK for Antip Kuzmichev and 84 standard. 12.4 inches x 10.25 inches (31.5 x 26 cm).

Estimate: $2,000 - 3,000  € 1,700 - 2,550
Price Realized: $18,750.00 
 
Lot  459

A VERY FINE RUSSIAN ICON MOSCOW 1908-1917. Comprising a naturally rendered and finely painted image of the Kazan Mother of God. The entire image overlaid with an exceptional multi-piece oklad consisting of a raised heavy shaded enamel frame, a silver filigree riza covering the background, the vestments of the Virgin and infant Christ in ornate gilded silver filigree and their heads encircled with elaborate shaded enamel haloes. Hallmarked Moscow 1908-1917, Cyrillic maker's mark N G, and 84 silver standard. The verso with original velvet covering. Stunning! 10.6 inches x 8.75 inches (27 x 22.5 cm).

Estimate: $4,000 - 6,000  € 3,400 - 5,100
Price Realized: $18,750.00 
 
Lot  460

A RUSSIAN SILVER & ENAMEL ICON TRIPTYCH OVCHINNIKOV. Comprising a silver and cloisonné enamel icon triptych. The central ogee arched panel painted with an image of Christ holding an open book of Gospels to John 13:34, "A New Commandment I give unto you, that ye also love one another." The right hinged wing painted with an image of Saint Alexander Nevsky and the left wing with a female saint. Each panel framed in cloisonné enamel of scrolling foliage, geometric designs and turquoise beading. The verso of each wing similarly enameled and the verso of central panel with integral folding suspension loop. Hallmarked Moscow, dated 1887 and Cyrillic maker mark OVCHINNIKOV beneath the Imperial Warrant, and 84 silver standard. 3.5 inches x 6.1 inches (3.5 x 9 cm) open.

Estimate: $800 - 1,200  € 680 - 1,020
Price Realized: $3,500.00 
 
Lot  461

AN IMPERIAL RELATED RUSSIAN ICON MOSCOW 1827. Comprising a finely painted icon of the Akhtuirskaya Mother of God, here the Virgin looks upon a small image of the crucified Christ to her right with the walls of Jerusalem in the background and below her implements of the Passion. In the upper left corner is the sun "which has darkened" and upper right the moon "which has become like blood." The lower margin inscribed with a slight variation on lines taken from an Orthodox hymn called "Come, Let us Bless Joseph." "Alas for me, my Child, Alas for me! Light of my eyes, and beloved of my bosom, For what Simeon foretold in the Temple today has come to pass. A sword shall pierce your heart, But change your grief to joy by the Resurrection." The entire image overlaid with a finely crafted silver repoussé and chased oklad repeating the same images on the painted icon including the text of hymn on lower margin. The oklad hallmarked Moscow, dated 1827 and Cyrillic maker's mark S.ZH. The vestments of the virgin being a later added ex-voto embellishment also hallmarked Moscow, dated 1889 and indistinguishable maker's mark. The overall style and high quality of painting would indicate a noteworthy Moscow workshop of the type favored by the aristocracy, and although there are some scattered losses, lifting and old re-touches, the icon retains the original varnish coat and would be worthy of cleaning and restoration after which it would look quite spectacular. 12.8 inches x 10.5 inches (32.5 x 26.5 cm).

Estimate: $1,500 - 2,500  € 1,275 - 2,125
Price Realized: $5,500.00 
 
Lot  462

A FINE RUSSIAN ICON, MOSCOW DATED 1741. Comprising a finely painted image of the Sign Mother of God, executed on a dark green ground in the Moscow Armory style with extensive chrysography, applied haloes and the borders overlaid with silver repoussé basam hallmarked Moscow and dated 1741.  A fine example. 7 inches x 6 inches (18 x 15.4 cm).

Estimate: $1,500 - 2,000  € 1,275 - 1,700
Price Realized: $2,250.00 
 
Lot  463

FINE STROGANOV RUSSIAN ICON ARCHANGEL MICHAEL C. 1700.  Here Michael is depicted as an armor clad winged warrior holding a fiery sword atop stylized clouds within an arched reserve. At top center, the Holy Visage, and the upper margin inscribed in gilt "ARCHANGEL MIKHAIL." The wings and armor finely rendered in gilt with fine detailing and overall in the typical Stroganov School style. The panel constructed with double raised borders (kovcheg), typical of icons from this period. A very fine icon. 12.25 inches x 10.75 inches (31 x 27.5 cm).

Estimate: $2,000 - 3,000  € 1,700 - 2,550
Price Realized: $2,750.00 
 
Lot  464

A LARGE 17TH CENTURY RUSSIAN ICON. Here the Apostle Simon is depicted facing inward towards Christ, suggesting this icon was from the left side of the Deisis row of an iconostasis. The fact that the borders are not raised would indicate it was held in an iconostasis with deeply carved receptacle-type framing. While the basic composition conforms to the traditional "old" style of icon painting, there are subtle details, such as tear ducts, and calligraphy style, which place it in the post-Nikon category. The scroll signifies Simon is a teacher of the church. The abbreviated inscription in Old Church Slavonic reads "The Apostle Simon". This icon is typical of many examples known to have been produced in the Kostroma/Pereslavl-Zalesky region near Moscow. 44.25 inches x 21 inches (112.5 x 53.5 cm).

Estimate: $1,500 - 2,000  € 1,275 - 1,700
Price Realized: $2,750.00 
 
Lot  465

RUSSIAN ICON CHRIST EMMANUEL C. 1700. A sensitively painted bust image of Christ as a youth. This image takes its name from Isaiah 7:14, "Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel." The depiction of Christ Emmanuel is a representation of the son begotten of the father before all worlds. The panel of double kovcheg design typical of the period. The verso inset with two horizontal splines of the style also indicative of the 17th century. An attractive and appealing image. 12.25 inches x 10.25 inches (31.5 x 26 cm).

Estimate: $1,500 - 2,500  € 1,275 - 2,125
Price Realized: $1,875.00 
 
Lot  466

A SCARCE RUSSIAN ICON OF THE MAGNIFICAT MOTHER OF GOD, MOSCOW, 1797.  Painted in the Italianate style, this rarely encountered subject in Eastern Orthodoxy depicts the Virgin Mary within an oval cartouche seated on a chair and in her hand she holds a book of Holy Scripture which begins "My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior." Her clothing shaded with gold and the entire image overlaid with a stunning silver repoussé and chased riza and impressive halo. Hallmarked Moscow, dated 1797, and Cyrillic maker's mark F. G. 12.75 inches x 10.25 inches (32 x 26 cm).

Estimate: $800 - 1,200  € 680 - 1,020
Price Realized: $3,000.00 
 
Lot  467

RUSSIAN ICON OF SAINT NICHOLAS WITH RIZA 19TH C. Here Nicholas is depicted in a typical waist up configuration rendered in a style echoing the 16th century. Nicholas delivers a blessing with his right hand and with his left hand holds a book of Gospels. Above his right shoulder is Christ in a roundel and above his left shoulder the Virgin presenting him with his Bishop's stole. The border is overlaid with a silver filigree riza interspersed with domed medallion decorative elements. The head of Nicholas is surrounded by a similarly rendered filigree silver gilt halo. The halo stamped 84, and the riza with indistinguishable faint hallmark and 84 standard. The back covered in blue velvet. 12.5 inches x 10.5 inches (31.5 x 27 cm).

Estimate: $700 - 800  € 595 - 680
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Lot  468

FINE RUSSIAN ICON OF THE MOTHER OF GOD, 18TH C.  Comprising a small personal devotional size icon depicting the Akhtuirskaya Mother of God. Overlaid with a finely crafted repoussé and chased gilded metal riza, unmarked, 6 inches x 5.5 inches (15 x 14 cm).

Estimate: $300 - 500  € 255 - 425
Price Realized: $625.00 
 
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