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Russian art and icons at the Schuler Auktionen on March 18-23, 2019


During the period from the 18th to the 23rd of March, 2019, the Swiss auction house Schuler Auktionen will be putting up Russian icons and pieces of decorative arts at the upcoming auction.

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Icon St. John the Baptist
“St. John the Baptist”.
The Moscow school, beginning of the XVIIIth century.
Tempera on wood. 31,5*24,5 cm.
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The Moscow school of icon-painting from the XVIIIth century is represented by the icon “St. John the Baptist” (estimated at €4,550 – 7,270), and is to be offered at the upcoming auction. The icon depicts the figure of St. John covered in hair and having wings. In his left hand he holds a bowl with his decapitated head and a scroll. In the background four scenes from his lifetime are shown: “Nativity” (bottom left), “Departure for the desert” (upper left), “The beheading” (bottom right) and “Finding of the head” (upper right). In the upper part in the center God the Father on the cloud is depicted. 31,5*24,5 cm.

Note: Negligible dark spots. Negligible loss of paint on the edges.

An icon with casing representing 36 scenes with the Mother of God.
An icon with casing representing 36 scenes with the Mother of God.
The Yaroslavl school, XVIIIth century.
Size with casing 50*35 cm.
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An icon with casing representing 36 scenes with the Mother of God (estimated at €3,640 – 5,450) refers to the Yaroslavl School of icon-painting of the XVIIIth century. The icon features fine painting and a lot of details. Three scenes are depicted on a rectangular panel in the centre – the “Baptism of Jesus”, the “Joy of All Who Sorrow”, the “Destruction of Sodom”. The upper central section shows the “Herrowing of Hell and Resurrection of Jesus”. 35 various scenes featuring the Mother of God. 49,5*34,5 cm. Gold plated brass casing is decorated with raised ornament and includes wood panel covered with green velour. 50*35 cm.

Note: Signs of restoration, negligible dark spots. Negligible signs of dint on casing, missing fragments. There is also an expert report of Waldemar Troynikow, Berlin.

A large icon Great Feasts and Passion of Jesus.
A large icon “Great Feasts” and “Passion of Jesus”.
Around 1800. Tempera on wood. 53*43,5 cm.
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A large icon “Great Feasts” and “Passion of Jesus” (estimated at € 3,640 – 5,450) shows in the centre on a golden background the scenes of “Herrowing of Hell and Resurrection of Jesus” surrounded with the scenes of “Passion of Jesus”. The outer circle of scenes consists of 16 main feasts. In the corners of the icon St. John the Theologian with Prokhor on Patmos, St. Matthew, St. Lucas, and St. Mark are depicted.

Feasts: the "Nativity of Mary", the "Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary", the "Trinity", the "Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary", “Christmas”, he "Presentation of Jesus at the Temple’, the "Baptism of Jesus", Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the "Transfiguration of Jesus", the "Ascension of Jesus", the "Dormition of the Mother of God", the “Raising of Lazarus”, the “Beheading of St. John the Baptist”, the “Fiery Ascent of the Prophet Elijah”, the “Intercession of the Theotokos”, the "Exaltation of the Holy Cross".

“Passion of Jesus”: the “Last Supper”, the “Washing of the Feet”, the “Agony in the Garden”, “Jesus before Pilate”, “Judas Iscariot”, “Flagellation of Christ”, “Crown of Thorns”, “Christ Carrying the Cross”, “Crucifixion of Jesus”, “Descent from the Cross”, the “Deposition”.

Note: Comes with a report from the gallery ARETE, Zurich.

An oval icon Descent from the Cross.
An oval icon “Descent from the Cross”.
Probably the Yaroslavl school, around 1700.
Tempera on wood. 55,5*37 cm.
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An oval icon “Descent from the Cross” (estimated at €2,730 – 4,550) probably belongs to the Yaroslavl school of icon-painting from around 1700. The scene is depicted against the city of Jerusalem. In the centre a cross is depicted with three ladders next to it. The body of Jesus is taken away by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. Next to them the Godmother and St. Mary Magdalene are standing. 55,5*37 cm.

Note: Signs of restoration, cracking.

The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
The “Presentation of Jesus at the Temple”.
The Novgorod school, XVI-XVIIth centuries.
Tempera on wood. 37,5*31 cm.
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The “Presentation of Jesus at the Temple” (estimated at €1,360 – 2,270) from the Novgorod school of icon-painting of the XVI-XVIIth centuries, is to be offered at the sale. The Mother of God, Simeon taking Jesus into his arms, Anna the Prophetess and St. Joseph carrying a cage with two doves are depicted on a background featuring buildings. 37,5*31 cm.

Note: Chipped edges, retouching, negligible signs of loss of paint layers and dark spots. There is also an expert report of Waldemar Troynikow, Berlin.

Procession of the Honourable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord
"Procession of the Honourable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord".
The Novgorod school, XVI-XVIIth century.
Tempera on wood. 37,5*30 cm.
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Another icon from the Novgorod School of the XVI-XVIIth century to be auctioned is the “Procession of the Honourable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord” (estimated at €1,360 – 2,270). The upper part of the composition shows the Christ Pantocrator surrounded by the Mother of God, John the Baptist and two other saints. In the lower section an Angel is depicted at the spring moving holy water with the cross, surrounded by the sick people seeking healing. 37,5*30 cm.

A rare subject of the icon refers to the Great Feast of the 1st of August – the “Procession of the Honourable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord”. In Constantinople on the eve of the 1st August the Venerable Wood of the Life-Creating Cross of the Lord was taken out of the imperial treasury and in a triumphal procession carried to Hagia Sophia. Until the 15th of August, the Dormition of the Mother of God, the Venerable Wood of the Life-Creating Cross was daily carried throughout the city in procession, and on the first day of the feast a spring was developed on the outskirts of the city. Because of the water resources constraints that existed in August and illnesses occurred this custom had real reasons. Each man who had infectious illness could not use water from the general water system and had to stay outside the densely populated area.

Note: Chipped edges, retouching, negligible signs of loss of paint layers and dark spots. There is also an expert report of Waldemar Troynikow, Berlin.

St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist in silence
“St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist in silence”.
Around 1800. Tempera on wood. 31,5*28 cm.
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The icon “St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist in silence” (estimated at €1,090 – 1,640) from around 1800 features St. John with the open book. His right hand is raised up making the sign of cross over his mouth. An Angel whispers the Word of God into his ear.

Note: Cracking, dark spots, loss of paint. Later adjustments (repaint) of the background and boarding.

Icon Protection of the Mother of God
“Protection of the Mother of God”. Around 1800. Tempera on wood. 51,5*41 cm.
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A two partite icon “Protection of the Mother of God” (estimated at €1,090 – 1,640) from around 1800 is among the lots featuring in the auction. In the upper part: the Mother of God carrying a veil and standing on a cloud surrounded by angels and saints. In the lower part: St. Romanus the Melodist whom the Mother of God appeared in his dream and gave a scroll (on the left), St. Andrei and his disciple Epiphanius (on the right). Under the testers St. Constantine (on the left) and St. Elena (on the right) are shown. In the centre of an architectural ensemble in the upper part the Christ Pantocrator on a cloud is depicted. The boarding is finely decorated. 51,5*41 cm.

Note: Negligible dark spots and loss of paint. Retouch.

Icon a large stavrotek icon
A large stavrotek icon, around 1800.
Tempera on wood. 30,5*26 cm.
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A large stavrotek icon (estimated at €1,360 – 2,270) from around 1800 has a bronze cross inset in the central part with a relief depiction of crucifixion. The figures of God the Father and the Holy spirit are shown in the upper part of the cross with St. Maria and St. Martha (on the left) and St. John and St. Longinus (on the right) on the sides. In the centre four saints are depicted: St. John the Theologian with Prokhor on Patmos and St. Matthew, St. Mark and St. Lucas. Around the edge of the icon six saints are shown: St. Niphont, St. Paisios and Sergius of Radonezh (on the left) and St. Onuphrius, St. Pafnuty, St. Macarius (on the right). 30,5*26 cm.

Note: Restoration (mainly on edges). Unnoticeable dark spots and fragments on loss of paint layers. There is also an expert report from Benedicte Oehry, Ikonen Galerie Sophia, Zurich.

A large stavrotek icon the Crucifixion of Jesus
A large stavrotek icon the “Crucifixion of Jesus”.
Around 1800. Tempera on wood. 53*43,5 cm.
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A large stavrotek icon the “Crucifixion of Jesus” (estimated at €910 – 1,360) from around 1800 has a bronze cross inset in the central part with a relief depiction of crucifixion. The figures of two Angels, God the Father and the Holy Spirit as a dove are shown in the upper part of the cross. The upper section depicts the Trinity on the cloud with sun and moon in the corners.

The Feasts: the "Herrowing of Hell and Resurrection of Jesus, St. Barbara, St. Joseph and Virgin Mary", the "Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary", the "Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Christmas", the "Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem", the "Baptism of Jesus", the "Transfiguration of Jesus", the "Ascension of Jesus", the "Trinity", the "Exaltation of the Holy Cross", the "Dormition of the Mother of God".

Note: Unnoticeable dark spots and missing paint. Restoration (mainly on edges). Small adjustments.

A large icon Great Feasts
A large icon “Great Feasts”,
XIXth century, tempera on wood. 44,5*39 cm.
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A large icon “Great Feasts” from the XIXth century (estimated at €730 – 1,270) against a golden background in the centre shows a scene of “Herrowing of Hell and Resurrection of Jesus” surrounded with the scenes of Great Feasts. In the corners 4 saints are shown. 44,5*39 cm.

Feasts: the "Nativity of Mary",the "Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary",the "Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary", “Christmas”, the "Presentation of Jesus at the Temple", the "Baptism of Jesus", “Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem”, the "Transfiguration of Jesus", the "Exaltation of the Holy Cross", the "Ascension of Jesus", the “Hospitality of Abraham” and the "Dormition of the Mother of God".

Note: Comes with a report from Franz Lessner, Vienna.

Besides icons the auction will feature a series of elegant decorative art pieces

A cloisonné jewel box.
A cloisonne jewel box.
Moscow, 18(8)5. 13,5*9,5*8 cm. Around 470 gr.
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A cloisonné jewel box (estimated at €730 – 1,270) from Moscow, 18(8)5, of a rectangular shape with a hinged lid is decorated on each side with floral ornament. Padlock is in front, key missing. Gilt wash interior. Master Svetchin. 13,5*9,5*8 cm. Around 470 gr.

Note: Signs of use.

A cloisonne scroll-shape handle goblet.
A cloisonné scroll-shape handle goblet.
Moscow, 1899-1908.
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A cloisonné scroll-shape handle goblet (estimated at €90 – 180). Height 6,5 cm, around 56 gr. Moscow, 1899-1908. Master CW.

A collection of Faberge-inspired pieces is to be offered at the upcoming sale

A Bouquet of Lilies Clock Egg, after Faberge.
A Bouquet of Lilies Clock Egg, after Faberge.
1980-s. Height 27,5 cm.
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A bouquet of lilies clock, easter egg after Faberge. 1980-s. (estimated at €40,910 – 54,550). Height 27,5 cm. The egg is set on a rectangular pedestal and decorated with a translucent enamel against a guilloched background. The flowers are made of quartzite. Height 27,5 cm.

This clock is made after the model by Faberge (master Mikhail Perchin, 1899), which was gifted by the Emperor Nicholas II to his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna, and currently held in the Kremlin Armoury.

Note: Battery. Clockwork in perfect condition.

Table clock, after Faberge.
Table clock, after Faberge.
1980-s. Zurich. Height 12 cm.
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A table clock created after Faberge (estimated at €7,270 – 10,910), 1980-s, Zurch, is decorated with a translucent enamel against a guilloched background and a floral garland on the top. The enamel dial is painted with flowers. The back side of the clock is made of fine wood. Height 12 cm.

Theatre binocular after Faberge.
Theatre binocular (after Faberge).
1980-s. Width 11,5 cm.
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A theatre binocular after Faberge (estimated at €13,640 – 18,180). The case is decorated with a translucent enamel against a guilloched background.

This model is made after the binocular created for the Imperial court by Michail Perchin, who started to work for Faberge in 1896.

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