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10 Russian art highlights at Schuler Auctionen at the auction of June 2018

From June 18th to 22nd, 2018 Swiss auction house Schuler Auktionen will be doing a sale of a series of items dedicated to Russian art as part of their main auction.

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Большая двухчастная икона, Россия, XIX век
A large twopartite icon “Unexpected Joy” – “Synaxis of the Archangel Michael”.
Russia, XIX century. Tempera on wood. 106x51 cm.

A large twopartite icon from the 19th century (estimated at €2,180-3,450) showing the Mother of God “Unexpected Joy” (above) and the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael (below), is to be offered at the auction. The border of the icon and the background are gold-plated and carved with rich detail.

Notes: Longitudinal crack, minor damage and evidence of retouch, plating is partly worn off.

Christ Pantocrator icon. Russia, 1st part of the XIX century.
“Christ Pantocrator” icon.
Russia, 1st part of the XIX century. Tempera on wood. 36,5x30,5 cm.

The Yaroslavl school of icon-painting of the first part of the 19th century is represented by the “Christ Pantocrator” icon (estimated at €1,270-2,360). Christ is depicted in the centre against a golden background, his right hand raised in benediction and with his left holding a partially open Book of Gospels. Situated on either side: St. Niphon and St. Antipas (on the left), St. Varus and St. Mary of Egypt (on the right).

Notes: Evidence of restoration (mainly on the border). Negligible signs of loss of paint layers and restoration.

Archangel Michael Horseman icon. Russia, XVIII century.
“Archangel Michael Horseman” icon.
Russia, XVIII century. Tempera on wood. 36x29,5 сm.
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The 18th century icon “Archangel Michael Horseman” (estimated at €4,550-7,270) depicts St. Michael astride a horse on a gold-painted background, blowing a trumpet and defeating the Devil in the burning sulphur of the Lake of Fire, where Babylon is also becoming submerged. In the upper left corner, the figure of Christ—Immanuel standing behind the altar is shown, and on the opposite side on the right is the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael. The icon is executed with green and red colours on the border, and complemented by a gold arrangement.

Notes: Negligible signs of discoloration and restoration. Some areas with fine crackle.

St. Elisha icon. Russia, XVII century.
“St. Elisha” icon.
Russia, XVII century. Tempera on wood. 44,5x44,5 сm.

The 17th century icon “St. Elisha” (estimated at € 1,450-2,910) depicts a half-figure of the Prophet holding a sсroll in his right hand, his left hand raised in prayer. On the sides: St. Basil the Great and Philip the Apostle (on the left); a Guardian angel and St. Eudokia (on the right).

Notes: Negligible signs of loss of paint layers and retouching. Signs of restoration (on the border). There is also a description from the ARETE gallery, Zurich.

Fiery Ascent of the Prophet Elijah icon. Russia, around 1600.
“Fiery Ascent of the Prophet Elijah” icon.
Russia, around 1600. Tempera on wood. 32x26,5 cm.

The “Fiery Ascent of the Prophet Elijah” (estimated at €2,000-3,820) is dated to around 1600 and features basma casing decorated with a floral arrangement. The upper part of the composition shows the fiery ascent of Elijah to Heaven, during which he throws his mantle to his descendant Elisha (in the lower right corner). In the centre of the lower section, the Prophet Elijah is depicted as he strikes the water of the river to cross it with his servant without getting their feet wet. The scene of the appearance of an Angel to the Prophet with a jar of water to bring him strength is shown in the lower left corner.

Notes: Negligible signs of restoration. Small traces of damage and loss of paint layers. Later additions. There is also a reference from the Schloss Autenried Museum of Icons (Bavaria).

Christ Pantocrator icon (on the photo: with and without casing). Russia, XIX century.
“Christ Pantocrator” icon (on the photo: with and without casing).
Russia, XIX century. Tempera on wood. 36x31 cm.
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The “Christ Pantocrator” icon from the 19th century (estimated at €1,640-2,360) has a casing with a raised floral arrangement by maker S. Shebanov and the mark of Kazan. It is dated 1887. The icon depicts the figure of Christ against a gold background raising his right hand in benediction and holding the open Book of Gospels in his left hand. On the left is a Guardian Angel and on the right is St. Maximus.

Notes: Negligible signs of loss of paint layers and restoration. Signs of aging.

An icon with glass bead embroidered casing and frame (on on the photo: with and without casing). Russia, XIX century.
An icon with glass bead embroidered casing and frame (on on the photo: with and without casing).
Russia, XIX century. Tempera on wood. 36,5x30,5 cm.
More images here.

The 19th century icon with the bright glass bead embroidered casing and the frame made of wood and stukko (estimated at €730-1,270) has a floral and cross arrangement and shows the Nine Martyrs of Cyzicus set against a gold and church architecture background. Above their heads is the figure of Christ on swirling clouds. At the side on the left is a Guardian Angel and on the right is St. Sisoes the Great. The icon is rendered with a border frame and a fine gold arrangement.

Notes: Negligible signs of loss of paint layers and restoration. Chipped edges. Small traces of damage.

Yakov Feldman. Atis. Oil on canvas. 1997
Yakov Feldman.
“Atis”. Oil on canvas.
116x73 сm., 1997.

Yakov Feldman’s painting “Atis” (estimated at €730-1,090), executed in 1997, is another item to be offered at the upcoming auction. The artist was born in Vitebsk in 1969 and currently resides and works in Jerusalem. The Cyrillic inscription “Appearance of immaculate Atis above snowy Babylon” can be found in the centre of the lower section of the large-scale painting.

The category of the applied arts is also to be featured in the upcoming auction. A hand mirror made of bronze with the handle cast in the shape of a young woman (estimated at €180-270), dated to around 1900 by maker Mikhail Yampolsky (born in 1874 in the Russian Empire) is to be part of the sale together with the elegant brooch of the 19th century made in the Russian Empire (estimated at €820-1,270).

Hand mirror. Bronze. Signed: M. JAMPOLSKY. L. 28,5 cm. Around 1900.
Hand mirror. Bronze.
Signed: M. JAMPOLSKY.
L. 28,5 cm. Around 1900.
Brooch. Russian Empire, XIX century. 5 cm. 9,3 gr.
Brooch.
Russian Empire, XIX century.
5 cm. 9,3 gr.
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