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Russian icons XVII – XIX to be offered at the Schuler Auktionen 24-28 June 2019 in Zurich


During the period 24-28 June 2019 the Schuler Auktionen will be auctioning Russian icons XVII – XIX centuries as part of their traditional summer sale.

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Annunciation Icon
“Annunciation”.
Russian Empire, 17th century.
Tempera on wood, levkas. Salient framing. 62,5*54,5 cm.
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The “Annunciation” icon of the 17th century (estimated at €3,640 – 6,360) shows St. Mary sitting on a red pillow throne spinning purple wool. On the left Gabriel holding a stick and bending towards her. The icon features achitecture background with red fabric.

Note: Retouch, some stains and spots with the loss of paint. Uncovered levkas on the framing.

St. George Icon
“St. George”.
Russian Empire, 18th century.
Tempera on wood, levkas. 69*49,5 cm.
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The icon of “St. George” (estimated at €2,180 – 3,450) depics St. George astride a horse on a background with architecture. With his lance he is slaying a dragon. On the right in the foreground a princess is standing in front of the city gate, and in the upper part of the icon the king is depicted. In the upper centre Christ Pantocrator shown on a cloud.

Note: Sign of restoration (background and framing), retouching. Loss of paint sponts on edges.

Our Lady of Kazan Icon
“Our Lady of Kazan” with pearl basma oklad.
Russian Empire, end of the 19th century.
Tempera on wood, levkas. 31*26,5 cm.
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The auction will feature a 19th century “Our Lady of Kazan” icon with pearl basma oklad (estimated at €1,820 – 3,640). Virgin Mary is depicted with Christ child rising his hand in benediction. Basma oklad with foral ornament is made by Lev Oleks (1890–1896) and Ivan Tarabrov (1893–1913). The edges and nimbus on the oklad decorated with very fine engraving. Embroidery with pearls of different size and beads.

Note: Unnoticeable paint bleaching, abrasion, fragments with loss of paint.

A large icon
A large icon.
Russian Empire, 18th century.
Tempera on wood, levkas. 77*64,5 cm.
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A large icon (estimated at €1,640 – 2,910) depicts full size figures of six saints and Immanuel on a could above their heads.

Note: Uncovered levkas in the background and on the framing. Longitudinal crack restored. Dark spots and fragments with the loss of paint. Retouching.

St. Nicholas Icon
“St. Nicholas” icon with oklad.
Russian Empire, mid 19th century.
Tempera on wood, levkas. 30*25,5 cm.
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A 19th century “St. Nicholas” icon (estimated at €1,640 – 2,910) depicts the saint rising his right hand in benediction and with his left holding a partially open Book of Gospels. St. Mary and Christ are situated near his head. The oklad made in Yaroslavl by the master Visiliy Fyodorovich Dubinin (1841–1848), dated 1843. Decorated with raised floral engraving. Omophorion decorated with acanthus ornament.

Note: Fragments with the loss of paint and dark spots. Traces of restoration.

Harrowing of Hell Icon
“Harrowing of Hell”.
Russin Empire, 18th century.
Tempera on wood, levkas. 44,5*39,5 cm.
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In the upper centre of an 18th century icon “Harrowing of Hell” (estimated at €1,450 – 2,180) Christ is depicted standing on the open gates of Hell, and Adam going out of Hell. The iconography combines four scenes: “Crucifixion of Jesus”, “Burial of Jesus”, “Thomas the Apostle” and “Harrowing of Hell”. Above Christ: depiction of the saved in Paradise from the Old Testament and the Good Thief standing in front of the gate to Paradise. In the lower part on the left: at the gate to Hell the resurrected standing in front of a mandorla with two archangels. In the upper centre: the Trinity on a cloud. In the corners: an archangel (on the left) and St. Basil the Great (on the right).

Note: Restoration of two longitudinal cracks. Some dark spots and fragments with the loss of paint. Retouching.

A large icon The Great Feasts.
A large icon “The Great Feasts”.
Russian Empire, c. 1800.
Tempera on wood, levkas. 49,5*39 cm.
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A large icon “The Great Feasts” c. 1800 (estimated at €1,450 – 2,180) is made in the technique of a miniature painting and features a lot of details. In the centre it depics the scenes of “Harrowing of Hell” and “Resurrection of Jesus” and surrounded by miniatures showing the Great Feasts.

Note: Restoration of a longitudinal crack. Uncovered levkas in the background. Traces of retouching. Some dark spots and fragments with the loss of paint (mainly on edges).

The Graet Feasts: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple, Abraham, The Annunciation, Christmas, Candlemas, Baptism, Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, The transfiguration of Jesus, The ascension of Jesus, The Dormition of the Mother of God, Lazarus of Bethany, The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, The crucifixion of Jesus, The Fiery Ascent of the Prophet Elijah, The Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Hodegetria Icon
“Hodegetria”.
Russian Empire, c. 1800.
Tempera on wood, levkas. 41*35,5 cm.
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A “Hodegetria” (estimated at €1,090 – 1,640) c. 1800 shows the Mother of God with Christ child rising his right hand in benediction in the centre on a golden background. A guardian angel and two saints (with no title) on the left and John the Baptist, John from Ustug and Cyricus and Julitta depicted on the right.

Note: Restoration of the framing, retouching (in the centre).

A tryptich The founder of a temple
A tryptich “The founder of a temple”.
Russian Empire, 19th century.
Tempera on wood, levkas. 50*31*9,5 cm, as opened 50*63 сm.
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A 19th century trypich “The founder of a temple” (estimated at €1,090 – 1,640) consists of a rectangular frame with an arched panel in the upper part. The icon mounted into the frame in the central part shows Macarius of Unzha carrying an open scroll and pointing at the newly founded temple with his right hand. In the upper left corner a scene featuring St. Abraham (The Trinity) on a cloud is shown. The upper panel depicts a scene from “The crucifixion of Jesus” and side panels feature the Mother of God, a saint, as well as two founders of a temple (without a title, probably, Zosima of Solovki and Sabbatius of Solovki.

Note: Damage from timber beetle. Partially warped wood on side panels. Dark spots of the framing and fragments with the loss of paint. Cracks of paint. Retouching.

Christ Pantocrator Icon
“Christ Pantocrator”.
Russian Empire, 19th century.
Tempera on wood, levkas. 30,5*26 cm.
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A “Christ Pantocrator” icon from the 19th century (estimated at € 910 – 1,450) shows Christ with his right hand raised in benediction and with his left holding a partially open Book of Gospels.

Note: Uncovered levkas in the background. Unnoticeable dark spots and fragments with the loss of paint. Retouching.

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