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Russian icons of the XVIII-XIX centuries and enamels of the XIX century in December 2020 sale at Schuler Auktionen


On December 7th and in the period between December 9th and 11th, 2020, as part of the traditional winter sales, Schuler Auktionen in Zurich will put up a large series of Russian icons from the XVIII-XIX centuries, as well as enamels from the XIX century. Paintings will be represented by the forest landscape by Khaimov, Yakov Markovich (1914-1991).

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Icon of The Beheading of St. John the Baptist
Icon of The Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso.
Russia, c. 1700.
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The icon of The Beheading of St. John the Baptist, c. 1700 (estimated at EUR 1 520 - 2 480), depicts two scenes from the life of John the Baptist on an architecture background - an armour-bearer leads the prophet out of prison (on the left) and beheads the prophet (on the right). In the centre: A platter with the severed head of John the Baptist. Angel John in heaven is depicted in the upper part. On the edge of the upper part, the images of four saints in medallions and four saints on the sides can be seen.

Note:

  • Slight damage and areas of paint loss, mainly on the edges. Slight restoration, retouching.
  • Comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Schloss Autenried icon museum, Günzburg.
Icon of St. Anna in a gilded frame and case.
Icon of St. Anna in a gilded frame and case.
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso.
Россия, ок. 1850. 23*22,5 см, с киотом 34*30,5 см.
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The icon of St. Anna shows the saint in full height, c. 1850 (estimated at EUR 1 430 - 2 480), an image of Christ the Almighty is situated in the upper right part. Gilded frame, Moscow, “AK. 1846”, artisan Kovalsky, Andrey Antonovich (1827-56), also contains an “IF” stamp. The frame is adorned with guilloche, engraving, and repoussé and chasing. The case is executed in veneer, the upper part is done in a lip, protection glass on the front part. 23*22.5 cm., with a 34*30.5 cm case.

Note:

  • Icon: slight damage and areas of paint loss, retouching.
  • Frame: small dent and losses.
  • Case: slight damage.
Icon of Christ the Almighty
Icon of Christ the Almighty
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso.
Russia, c. 1800. 40*33 cm.
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The icon of Christ the Almighty, c. 1800 (estimated at € 1 330 - 2 290), displays the image of Christ in the centre on a golden background with the Gospel Book in his left hand and holding his right hand in a blessing gesture.

Note:

  • Contains small crack patterns, slight damage and areas of paint loss, retouching.
  • Frame restoration, mostly in the lower part.
  • Comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Schloss Autenried icon museum, Günzburg.
Large double-sided procession icon.
Large double-sided procession icon.
Large double-sided procession icon.
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso.
Russia, c. 1800. 53.5*37 cm.
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The large double-sided procession icon, c. 1800 (estimated at EUR 1 330 - 2 290), is adorned with an ornamental relief in the lower and upper parts. Saint Nicholas, holding the Gospel Book in his left hand and raising his other hand in a blessing gesture, is shown on one side. Images of the Holy Mother and Christ are situated near his head. The back of the icon shows the Not-Made-by-Hand Image of The Saviour.

Note:

  • There are parts showing exposed gesso in the area of the background and frame. Restoration, retouching.
Icon of The Life of St. Elijah.
Icon of The Life of St. Elijah.
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso.
Russia, 1st half of the XIX century. 34*26.5 cm.
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The icon of The Life of St. Elijah, 1st half of the XIX century (estimated at EUR 1 140 - 2 290) shows the image of St. Elijah in his cave. The top right contains the scene of prophet Elijah’s fiery ascension, during which he threw his clothes down to Elisha, and, lower, the crossing of the river Jordan. The left part contains the scene of the apparition of an Angel to the prophet and the sacrificial altar of the prophet Elijah. In the top centre, God the Father is shown on a cloud.

Note:

  • The frame was restored, small areas of paint loss.
  • Comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Schloss Autenried icon museum, Günzburg.
Four panels of the iconostasis door.
Four panels of the iconostasis door.
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso.
Russia, XIX century. C. 54*11 cm.
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The iconostasis doors, XIX century (estimated at EUR 1 140 - 2 290), consist of four separate boards with a shaped upper part. In the first row: Apostle Andrew, Matthias, Jacob, John the Baptist. Second row: The leading of the Holy Mother to the church, the Lord entering Jerusalem, the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God. Third and fourth row: Prophets and women saints.

Note:

  • Restoration, retouching. Areas of insect damage. Slight loss of paint (mainly on the edges).
Icon of the Birth of Christ.
Icon of the Birth of Christ.
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso.
Russia, XVIII century. 30,5*26.5 cm.
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The centre of the icon of the Birth of Christ, XVIII century (estimated at EUR 1 140 - 2 100), shows the Holy Mother sitting next to a crib with a baby. The Three Wise Men are shown to the left of her, to the right are scenes of a sermon to the shepherds. In the bottom left: the apparition of a demon to St. Joseph in the form of an old shepherd (on the left). Women are preparing a bath for the newly born (on the right). Gilded stamping with embossed repoussé and engraving. The background in the area of the sky was later supplemented with a metal sheet, as well as halos for the Holy Mother and St. Joseph. 30,5*26.5 cm.

Note:

  • Slight damage and areas of paint loss, restoration, retouching (mostly in the lower part).
  • Comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Schloss Autenried icon museum, Günzburg.
Icon of The Life of St. Nicholas.
Icon of The Life of St. Nicholas.
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso.
Russia, XIX century. 46*36.5 cm.
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The icon of Nicholas the Wonderworker, XIX century (estimated at EUR 950 - 1 710), shows the saint raising his hand in a blessing gesture and holding the open Gospel Book in his left hand. There are 12 scenes from the life of the saint along the edge. 46*36.5 cm.

Note:

  • Slight damage and areas of paint loss, restoration, retouching.
Большая икона с изображением святых.
Large icon depicting the saints.
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso.
Russia, XIX century. 44.5*38.5 cm.
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The upper part of the large icon from the XIX century (estimated at EUR 950 - 1 900) shows an image of the Holy Trinity, held in reverence by 10 saints, in the centre: The Venerable Zosimus and Sabbatius Solovetsky, St. George, Prophet John and Apostle Peter (on the left), St. Onuphrius the Great, St. Basil the Great, St. Nikita, Apostle Philip, St. Paul (on the right). 44.5*38.5 cm.

Note:

  • Slight damage and areas of paint loss, retouching.
Khaimov, Yakov Markovich (1914-1991).
Khaimov, Yakov Markovich (1914-1991).
“Forest Path”.
Oil/cardboard. Signature in the bottom right. 50*40 cm.
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“Forest Path” by Khaimov, Yakov Markovich (estimated at EUR 1 900 - 2 860) immerses us in the silence and tranquillity of a sunny, summer day in the forest. A graduate of the Moscow Art Institute named after V.I. Surikov, Khaimov is a prominent representative of the impressionists from the Moscow school of art, a participant in all-Soviet art exhibitions, and a member of the artists’ union of the USSR. Khaimov's paintings are regularly put up for display at leading international art auctions.

Decorative box. Pavel Ovchinnikov.  1894.
Decorative box.
Pavel Ovchinnikov.
Gild, engraving. Weight 509 g, 18.3*9*4.2 cm. 1894.
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Decorative partly gilded box of rectangular shape with a hinged lid (estimated at EUR 4 760 - 5 710). Engraving over the entire surface in the form of ribbons and the inscriptions “LAFERME”. The underside of the lid and the bottom of the box contain a stamp of the jewellery company of Pavel Akimovich Ovchinnikov.

Note:

  • Signs of use.
Cloisonné enamel spoon and matchbox
Cloisonné enamel spoon and matchbox.
Moscow XIX century, gild/cloisonné enamel.
Spoon: 18.2 cm., around 59 g.
Matchbox: 4.6 cm., around 34 g.
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Cloisonné enamel spoon and matchbox (estimated at EUR 290 - 380). Spoon, end of the XIX century, decorated on the back with filigree cloisonné enamel, contains the marking “GK”. The matchbox is adorned on all sides with cloisonné enamel, contains the marking “VA” of artisan Vasily Agafonov, 1899-1908.

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