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Winter landscape by Levitan, imperial and soviet porcelain, rare icons at Schuler Auktionen 25-27 March 2020 in Zurich


On March 23 and during the period from с 25 to 27 March 2020 Schuler Auktionen in Zurich will offer Russian imperial and soviet porcelain, as well as rare icons from the XVIII-XIXth centuries. A special important lot of the upcoming sale is a pearl-grey winter landscape by Isaac Levitan.

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Isaac Levitan
Isaac Levitan (1860-1900).
Village under the snow. Probably, 1880-s.
Oil/carton on canvas. Signed bottom left.
21*37,8 cm.
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The highlight of the Russian auction is the landscape “Winter” by Isaac Levitan (estimated at EUR 19 050 – 28 570). This painting is stylistically similar to other works by the artist. His “Village. Winter” from 1877/78 is part of the collection of the Tula Museum of Fine Arts. Another related work is “Last Snow. Savvinskaya Settlement” from 1884, which is kept in the State Tretyakov Gallery. Two engravings with similar composition under the title “Winter” are found in the magazine “Raduga” (Issues No. 38 and No. 45, 1883) and two drawings “Village under the snow”, dated 1885 and “Village.Winter”, dated 1888, are part of private collection. The landscape offered at auction is executed in pearl-grey hues and showcases the feeling of airiness, spaciousness and lightness typical for Levitan’s small-scale artwork.

Журнал Радуга.
“Raduga” Magazine, 1883, Issues 38 and 45 (covers).
Weekly magazine with pictures. Editor N. Gilyarov-Platonov, issued during 1883-1888.
Photo: Holistic Auction.
Исаак Левитан. Зима.
Winter (drawing by Levitan)
Magazine “Raduga”, issue №38, 1883, p.875.
Photo: Holistic Auction.
Исаак Левитан. Зима.
Winter (drawing by Levitan)
Magazine “Raduga”, issue №45, 1883, p.1031.
Photo: Holistic Auction.

Provenance:

  • The grandfather of the owner lived in the Russian Empire during 1900-1907. It could be then when he purchased tha painting.

Note:

  • Schuler Auktionen express gratitude to Larissa V. Ishchenko, Lyubov M. Lebedeva und Olga V. Nasedkina from the House-Museum of Isac Levitan in Plyos (Ivanovo Oblast) for cataloguing this painting from a high resolution photo.
Marc Chagall
Marc Chagall (1887-1985).
Ballet. October 1969.
Colour litograph, one of 10000 copies.
34,5*25 cm. Framed.
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Marc Chagall's colour litograph “Ballet. October 1969” (estimated at EUR 290 – 480) is one of 10000 copies. 34,5*25 cm. Framed.

Literature:

  • Chagall Lithographe IV, Nr. 581, p. 39, ill.

Imperial and Soviet porcelain

The agitation Dulyovo porcelain plate
The agitation Dulyovo porcelain plate with a depiction of sculpture “Worker and Kolknoz Woman” by Vera Mukhina.
D. 19,5 cm, created by P. Leonov.
1939. Marked.
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The auction will feature a Dulyovo plate from the agitation porcelain series (estimated at EUR 570 – 1 140), c. 1937-1940, created by P. Leonov, depicting a sculpture “Worker and Kolknoz Woman” by Vera Mukhina. Inscription: All-Union Agricultural Exhibition. 1939. Marked. D. 19,5 cm.

Verbilki, Gardener
Verbilki, Gardener, end of XIXth century plate with the depiction of flowers in Asian atyle.
Export mark (1880-1919) and inscription “Gardner” in Persian.
D. 40 cm.
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Verbilki, Gardener, end of XIXth century plate with the depiction of flowers in Asian atyle (estimated at EUR 230 – 460). Export mark (1880-1919) and inscription “Gardner” in Persian. D. 40 cm.

Note:

  • Paint partially worn out.
A turquoise and gold painted petroleum-lamp with mark of Alexander II
A turquoise and gold painted petroleum-lamp with mark of Alexander II, 1885-1881.
Height 57,5 cm.
Detachable head, brass bonding. Mark “Alexander II” and inscription “S. Tychagin” in Cyrillic.
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A turquoise and gold painted petroleum-lamp with mark of Alexander II, 1885-1881 (estimated at EUR 570 – 1 140) decorated with raised decor in the shape of three lyon heads. Height 57,5 cm. Detachable head, brass bonding. Mark “Alexander II” and inscription “S. Tychagin” in Cyrillic.

A set of enamelled vodka cups.
A set of enamelled vodka cups decorated with semiabstract flowers against a white background.
Leningrad, second half of the XXth century.
Height 4,4 cm. Total weight 217 g.
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A set of enamelled vodka cups decorated with semiabstract flowers against a white background (estimated at EUR 290 – 480). Leningrad, second half of the XXth century. Height 4,4 cm. Total weight 217 g.

Rare icons from XVII – beginning of XIX centuries

An icon of John the Baptist.
An icon of John the Baptist.
Russia, the Moscow School of icon painting, beginning of the XVIIIth century.
Tempera on wood panel, levkas.
31,5*24,5 cm.
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An icon of John the Baptist from the beginning of the XVIIIth century represents the Moscow school of icon painting (estimated at EUR 2 480 – 4 290). The saint is shown full length with the wings, and dressed in fur. In his left arm he is holding a platter with own head and a scroll. The icon features four scenes from his life: the Birth, the Departure for the Desert, the Beheading, the Discovery of the Venerable Head. In the upper section: God the Father on the cloud.

Note:

  • Some dark spots. Retouching. Areas with the loss of paint.
An icon of The Dormition of the Mother of God.
An icon of The Dormition of the Mother of God. Russia, XIXth century.
Tempera on wood panel, levkas.
46,5*40 cm.
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An icon of The Dormition of the Mother of God, XIXth century (estimated at EUR 1 900 – 3 810), depicts the Virgin Mary, surrounded by saints and apostels. The Christ is grasping her swaddled soul. In the foreground Archangel Gabriel is shown. In the upper section: the image of the Virgin Orans, surrounded by saints and angels on the cloud. On the very top: angels standing at the gate to heaven. On edges: St. Nikifor (on the left) and Anna the Prophetess (on the right).

Note:

  • Some dark spots and areas with the loss of paint (on edges).
Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God in oklad.
Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God in oklad. Russia, c. 1800.
Tempera on wood panel, levkas.
31*26,5 cm.
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Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God in oklad (estimated at EUR 1 900 – 3 810) shows the Virgin Mary with the Christ Child in her right arm. The icon features fine gold painting. Guilloche oklad with engraving. Masters Victor Savinkov (1855–1888), Dmitry Egorov (1866–1896).

Note:

  • Some areas with the loss of paint. Restoration of the framing. Some dark spots.
An icon of the Burning Bush.
An icon of the Burning Bush, Russia, XIXth century.
Tempera on wood panel, levkas.
40,5*34 cm.
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An XIXth century icon of the Burning Bush (estimated at EUR 1 330 – 2 100) depicts the Mother of God with the Christ Child against an eight-angled star. In the corners four scenes shown: Moses and the Burning Bush, Jacob’s Ladder, Isaiah’s Vision, Ezekiel’s Vision. On edges: Anna the Prophetess, St. Simeon, St. James the Great (on the left), St. Tatiana, St. Agatha and St. Eudokia (on the right). 40,5*34 cm.

Note:

  • Areas with the loss of paint. Some dark spots. Retouching.
An icon of The Trinity.
An icon of The Trinity. Russia, c. 1800.
Tempera on wood panel, levkas.
36*31 cm.
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An icon of The Trinity, c. 1800 (estimated at EUR 1 140 – 1 710), shows three angels – The Trinity, sitting at the table against an architectural background on the left, the Oak of Mamre in the centre and rocks on the right. Yellow-green framing. On edges: St. Aristarchus (on the left) and St. Nadezhda (on the right). 36*31 cm.

Note:

  • Slight cracking of paint. Signs of restoration.
Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God.
Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God. Russia, XVIIth century.
Tempera on wood panel, levkas.
30*24,5 cm.
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Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God from the XVIIth century (estimated at EUR 950 – 1 710) shows the Virgin Mary with the Christ Child in her right arm. The icon features fine pearl ornament.

Note:

  • Open levkas in the area of the background. Some areas with the loss of paint. Retouching. Restoration of the framing.
Icon of Christ Pantocrator in oklad.
Icon of Christ Pantocrator in oklad. Russia, c. 1800.
Tempera on wood panel, levkas.
31,5*27 cm.
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An icon of Christ Pntocrator in oklad, c. 1800 (estimated at EUR 950 – 1 900), shows the Christ with his right hand raised in benediction. He is carrying an open Book of Gospels in his left hand. A repousse, chased and engaved oklad. 31,5*27 cm.

Note:

  • Signs of ageing. Some areas with the loss of paint. Some dents in oklad.
Feodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God.
Feodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God, Russia, c. 1800.
Tempera on wood panel, levkas.
35,5*30,5 cm.
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Feodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God, c. 1800 (estimated at EUR 860 – 1 430), depicts the Virgin Mary with the Christ Child in her right arm. The icon features fine gold painting. 35,5*30,5 cm.

Note:

  • Signs of ageing, cracking paint. Some additions. Gold on halo worn out. Restoration of the background and framing.
Eye of Povidence.
Eye of Povidence. Russia, c. 1800.
Tempera on wood panel, levkas.
36*31 cm.
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An Eye of Povidence icon, c. 1800 (estimated EUR 760 – 1140), depicts four recurring circles with the following iconographic images (from the outer to inner cicles): three cherubs, a halo, fragments of the human face and the Savior Emmanuel with a blessing gesture. In the upper part: Virgin Mary and God the Father. On edges: St. Peter of Moscow (on the left) and St. Catherine (on the right). 36*31 cm.

Note:

  • Some dark spots and areas with the loss of paint. Retouching and restoration.
A full length icon of Matthew the Apostle.
Matthew the Apostle, Russia, from c. 1800.
Tempera on wood panel, levkas.
40*23,5 cm.
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A full length icon of Matthew the Apostle, c. 1800 (estimated at EUR 760 – 1 140) depicts the saint with a book in his hand. 40*23,5 cm.

Note:

  • Signs of ageing. Background and framing restored.

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