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12 RUSSIAN ART HIGHLIGHTS AT SCHULER AUCTIONEN AT THE AUCTION OF SEPTEMBER 2018


From September 17th to 21st, 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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The “Our Lady of the sign”. Russia, around 1800.
The “Our Lady of the sign”.
Russia, around 1800. Tempera on wood. 36*32,5 cm.
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The “Our Lady of the sign” (estimated at €2,730-4,550) depicts Virgin Mary in the Orans position with the Christ child on her chest. Gold-plated basma casing is decorated with a raised leaf ornament. Nimbus is fringed with stars ornament.

Notes. Negligible signs of loss of paint layers and signs of restoration. Signs of aging. The casing has all edges replaced, negligible loss of fragments (nimbus).

The “Miracle of Archangel Michael at Chonae” with basma casing. Russia, 19-20 century.
The “Miracle of Archangel Michael at Chonae” with basma casing.
Russia, 19-20 century, the Palekh School of icon-painting. Tempera on wood. 35,5*31,5 cm.
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The “Miracle of Archangel Michael at Chonae” (estimated at €5,450-8,180) from around 1800 represents the Palekh School of icon-painting and features basma casing. In the background of a split rock on the right the blessed Archippus shown falling on his knees in front of the church; on the left Archangel Michael depicted striking a huge boulder with his staff. The Christ Pantocrator is shown in the upper section. Gold plated basma casing is decorated with raised floral ornament.

According to legend, during his wanderings in Phrygia St. John foretold the place of appearance of Archangel Michael, where later a healing spring appeared. One pilgrim, whose daughter was healed built a church on this place. Ninety years later a pious man by the name of Archippus stayed at this church and received divine grace in healing. The Devil could not bear this wonder and impelled the pagan living nearby to destroy the spring but Archangel Michael defended it. Then they decided to flood the church by the water from rivers. Archangel let a flame out on the running water, hit a huge rock and the waters flowed into the crack in the stone. The church was saved. Since that time the place was called “Chonae”, which means “immersion”.

Notes. Minor signs of loss of paint layers and restoration. Signs of aging. There is also an expert report of Benedicte Oehry, Vaduz/Gersau.

The Novgorod School of icon-painting of the 16-17th century is represented at the upcoming auction with two icons.

The “Presentation of Jesus at the Temple”. Russia, 16-17th century.
The “Presentation of Jesus at the Temple”.
Russia, 16-17th century, the Novgorod School of icon-painting. Tempera on wood. 37,5*31 cm.
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The “Presentation of Jesus at the Temple” (estimated at €2,730-4,550) depicts the Mother of God, Simeon taking Jesus into his arms, Anna the Prophetess and St. Joseph carrying a cage with two doves.

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

The “Procession of the Honourable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord”. Russia, 16-17th century.
The “Procession of the Honourable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord”.
Russia, 16-17th century, the Novgorod School of icon-painting. Tempera on wood. 37,5*30 cm.
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Another icon from the Novgorod School of the 16-17th century to be auctioned is the “Procession of the Honourable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord” (estimated at €2,730-4,550). 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 seeking healing.

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 densely populated area.

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

The “Unburnt bush”. Russia, 19th century.
The “Unburnt bush”.
Russia, 19th century. Tempera on wood. 44,5*37 cm.
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The 19th century icon the “Unburnt bush” (estimated at €910-1,270) shows the Mother of God and Christ on the eight-pointed star and 16-petals rosette with evangelical symbols and elements of akathist.

Notes. Negligible signs of loss of paint layers.

The “St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist in silence”. Russian, 19th century.
The “St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist in silence”.
Russian, 19th century. Tempera on wood. 35*30,5 cm.
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The 19th century icon “St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist in silence” (estimated at €1,270-2,000) features St. John with the open book. His right hand is raised up making the sign of cross over his mouth. An Angel shown whispers the Word of God into his ear. On the sides: St. Peter and St. Nikita (on the left), St. Paul and St. John (on the right).

Notes. Evidence of restoration. Negligible signs of retouching.

The “Sedmitsa”. Russia, 19th century.
The “Sedmitsa”.
Russia, 19th century. Tempera on wood. 44,5*38 cm (icon) and 53*44,5 cm (with panel).
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The 19th century “Sedmitsa” (estimated at €3,640-5,450) contains precise brushwork in the central part of the icon against a golden background. The upper part depicts subjects related to the days of week: the “Harrowing of Hell” (Sunday), the “Synaxis of the Archangel Michael” (Monday), the “Beheading of John the Baptist” (Tuesday), the “Annunciation” (Wednesday), the “Washing of the Feet” (Thursday), the “Crucifixion of Jesus” (Friday). In the lower section the “Synaxis of all Saints” is shown. Deesis: the Christ Pantocrator is depicted with the Mother of God and St. John the Baptist; God the Father is overlooking them surrounded by angels. Three rows of saint men and women signify prophets, apostles, martyrs, monks, ascetics, bishops etc. On the sides: 12 scenes with two saints and four prophets in their rooms (in each corner).

Notes. Minor dark spots and signs of restoration.

The “Great Feasts”. Russia, around 1800.
The “Great Feasts”.
Russia, around 1800. Tempera on wood. 44,5*37 cm.
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A large icon showing the “Great Feasts” (estimated at €3,640-5,450) from around 1800 features brass silver plated basma casing. The central section shows the scenes of the “Herrowing of Hell and Resurrection of Jesus” surrounded with the 12 scenes of the Great Feasts cycle. Silver plated casing is decorated with a raised tendris ornament.

The Feasts: the "Nativity of Mary", the "Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary", the "Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary", the "Baptism of Jesus", Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the "Transfiguration of Jesus", the "Ascension of Jesus", the "Trinity", the "Dormition of the Mother of God", the "Exaltation of the Holy Cross".

An icon with casing representing 36 scenes with the Mother of God. Russia, 18th century.
An icon with casing representing 36 scenes with the Mother of God.
Russia, 18th century, the Yaroslavl School of icon-painting. Tempera on wood. Icon: 49,5*34,5 cm. Casing: 50*35 cm.
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An icon with casing representing 36 scenes with the Mother of God (estimated at €7,270-10,910) refers to the Yaroslavl School of icon-painting of the 18th century. 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. Gold plated brass casing is decorated with raised ornament and includes wood panel covered with green velour.

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

The “St. Seraphim of Sarov”. Russia, around 1905.
The “St. Seraphim of Sarov”.
Russia, around 1905. Tempera on wood. 31*26,5 cm.
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The “St. Seraphim of Sarov” (estimated at €1,450-2,180) with enamel on casing is dated around 1905 and depicts St. Seraphim of Sarov with his right hand raised in benediction and holding prayer beads in his left hand. Gold plated casing is decorated with floral ornament, guilloche, as well as cloisonné enamel.

Notes. Minor dark spots, missing fragments.

A large stavrotek icon the “Crucifixion of Jesus”. Russia, around 1800.
A large stavrotek icon the “Crucifixion of Jesus”.
Russia, around 1800. Tempera on wood. 54*43,5 cm.
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A large stavrotek icon the “Crucifixion of Jesus” (estimated at €1,820-2,730) 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".

Aircraft chronometer, First Moscow Watch Factory of Kirov
Aircraft chronometer, No. 1178,
the First Moscow Watch Factory of Kirov, 1st half of the 20th century. 18*19 сm.
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Besides icons an aircraft chronometer made by the First Moscow Watch Factory of Kirov in the 1st half of the 20th century is to be offered at auction. A bronze case with protective glass is set in a brown wooden case with brass insets and a leather strap. Running time is up to 12 hours. Illuminated dial. Key included.

Photos and information: courtesy of Schuler Auktionen


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