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Russian icons and Faberge art at the autumn sale of Schuler Auktionen in Zurich 16-20 September 2019


During the period from 16 to 20 September 2019 Swiss auction house Schuler Auktionen will put up XVIII-XIX centuries Russian icons, Faberge pieces and decorative art inspired by the legendary Russian jewellery master.

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Faberge Our Lady of Kazan icon pendant. Russia, ca. 1910.
Faberge "Our Lady of Kazan" icon pendant. Russia, ca. 1910.
Tempera on wooden panel, levkas. Reverse side made of wood. A tabernacle shape basma oklad with raised décor.
A “Faberge” mark. 6*4,5 cm.
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The list of top lots at the upcoming auction starts with a Faberge "Our Lady of Kazan" icon pendant (estimated at €4,760 – 6,670), dated ca. 1910, with a tabernacle shape basma oklad beautifully decated with raised ornament. Inscription on the reverse side: “God bless you my darling Mimmy”.

Note: Some cracks and areas with paint loss. Signs of use.

Faberge Christ Pantocrator icon pendant. Russia, ca. 1910.
Faberge “Christ Pantocrator” icon pendant. Russia, ca. 1910.
Oval-shape icon: tempera on wooden panel, levkas. Reverse side made of wood. A triangle with chamfered corners shape basma oklad decorated with raised floral ornament.
A “Faberge” mark.
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Another Faberge piece is a “Christ Pantocrator” icon pendant (estimated at €4,290 – 7,140), dated ca. 1910. This oval shape icon with triangle chamfered corners shape basma oklad has a hand-written inscription on the reverse side (in Russian): “From Mimmi and George on the day of my departure from Charax to Athens. 30 November 1913”.

Note: Some cracks and areas with paint loss. Signs of use.

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 €17,140 – 23,810). 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.

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 €9,520 – 14,290), 1980-s, Zurch, is decorated with a translucent enamel against a guilloched background and a floral garland on the top. The enamel dial is decorated with flowers. The back side of the clock is made of fine wood. Height 12 cm.

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 €45,710 – 57,140). 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.

St. Nicholas. Russia, XIX century.
“St. Nicholas”. Russia, XIX century.
Tempera on wooden panel, levkas. 44*38,5 cm.
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An icon of “St. Nicholas”, dated XIX century (estimated at €860 – 1,240), depicts a bearded saint in the central section against a golden background. His right hand raised in benediction and with his left hand he is holding an open Book of Gospels. Next to his head a Guardian angel (on the left) and Paul of Thebes (?) (on the right) are depicted.

Note: Some cracks and areas with paint loss. Some dark spots and evidence of retouch.

Zosimas and Savvatiy of Solovki. Russia, XIX century.
“Zosimas and Savvatiy of Solovki”. Russia, XIX century.
Tempera on wooden panel, levkas. 44,5*35 cm.
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An icon of “Zosimas and Savvatiy of Solovki”, dated XIX century (estimated at €860–1,240), depicts the saints standing in front of each other and holding a maquette of a temple they founded on the Solovetsky Island. In the background the saints shown lying in their sarcophagus. The central upper part depicts “Our Lady of the Sign” image.

Note: Areas of uncovered levkas in the section of the background and framing. Evidence of restoration mainly on the boarding. Craquelure. Dark spots and areas with paint loss.

Our Lady of Vladimir. Russia, ca. 1800.
“Our Lady of Vladimir”. Russia, ca. 1800.
Tempera on wooden panel, levkas. 35*28,5 см.
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An “Our Lady of Vladimir” icon (estimated at €1,140 – 1,710), dated ca. 1800. The central part depicts the Mother of God holding in the right arm the Christ Child cheek to cheek. A Guardian Angel (on the left) and St. Nikita (?) (on the right) shown on the border.

Note: Areas of uncovered levkas in the section of the background and framing. Evidence of restoration of a longitudinal crack. Dark spots and areas with paint loss.

A Synaxis of Saint Hierarchs. Russia, ca. 1800.
“A Synaxis of Saint Hierarchs”. Russia, ca. 1800.
Tempera on wooden panel, levkas. 42*34,5 cm.
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“A Synaxis of Saint Hierarchs” icon (estimated at €1,140– 1,710), dated to ca. 1800. The central part shows St. John Chrysostom together with St. Basil the Great (on the left) and St. Mary of Egypt (on the right). In the upper part: four angels above the coulds holdind an icon of the Virgin Mary.

Note: Areas of uncovered levkas in the section of the background and framing, negligible dark spots. Some areas with paint loss and evidence of retouch.

Saints and Hierarchs. Russia, ca. 1800.
“Saints and Hierarchs”. Russia, ca. 1800.
Tempera on wood, levkas. 65,5*50 cm.
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A lage icon “Saints and Hierarchs” (estimated at €1,520– 2,290), dated ca. 1800. The upper part shows a depiction of an icon “Dormition of the Mother of God”.

Note: Uncovered levkas in the are of the background and framing, negligible dark spots. Some areas with paint loss and evidence of retouch. Cracks of paint.

Our Lady of Vladimir with gilt basma casing. Russia, end of XVIII century.
“Our Lady of Vladimir” with gilt basma casing. Russia, end of XVIII century.
Tempera on wood panel, levkas.
Basma casing: Moscow, 1773, master Ivan Savelyev (1772–1778) and Fyodor Tikhonov (1710-until mid. XVIII в.). Raised rocail decor on framing and scroll engraving on nimbus.
31,5*27,5 cm.
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“Our Lady of Vladimir” icon with basma casing (estimated at €1,710– 3,050), dated XVIII century. The central part depicts the Mother of God holding in the right arm the Christ Child cheek to cheek. Basma casing: Moscow, 1773, master Ivan Savelyev (1772–1778) and Fyodor Tikhonov (1710-until mid. XVIII в.). Raised rocail decor on framing and and scroll engraving on nimbus.

Note: Uncovered levkas in the are of the background and framing. A burnt spot in the lower section. Some areas with paint loss and cracks. Patina.

A large icon The Great Feasts and The Passion of the Christ. Russia, XIX century.
A large icon “The Great Feasts and The Passion of the Christ”. Russia, XIX century.
Tempera on wooden panel, levkas. 44,5*37 cm.
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A large icon “The Great Feasts and The Passion of the Christ” (estimated at €1,900– 3,810), dated XIX century, depicts the scenes of “Harrowing of Hell and Resurrection of Jesus” against a golden background, surrounded with the scenes of “The Passion of the Christ”. The outer circle consists of 16 scenes of the Great Feasts. The upper part shows the Trinity in the centre and four Evangelists in the corners.

Note: Cracks of paint, areas with paint loss. Gold background worn off. Evidence of restoration. Reverse side and edges painted in dark brown.

The Passion of the Christ: 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.

The Great Feasts: the Nativity of Mary, the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Trinity, 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 Ascension of Jesus, the Dormition of the Mother of God, the Raising of Lazarus, the Beheading of St. John the Baptist, Pentecost, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Intercession of the Theotokos.

Mark the Evangelist in gilt oklad. Russia, XIX century.
“Mark the Evangelist” in gilt oklad. Russia, XIX century.
The icon: tempera on wooden panel, levkas. Gilt oklad with raised engraved décor. St. Petersburg, master V.S. 1868 and Vassiliy Safronov (1861–1874).
40*35,5 cm.
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An icon of “Mark the Evangelist” in gilt oklad (estimated at 2,100– 3,620), dated XIX century. The Evangelist shown with an open Book of Gospels and the winged lion next to him. In the lower section on the left an inscription in Cyrillic “Painted in 1804”. St. Petersburg, master V.S. 1868 and Vassiliy Safronov (1861–1874).

Note: Negligible dark spots and areas with loss of paint. Signs of aging.

The Dormition of the Mother of God. Russia, ca. 1800.
“The Dormition of the Mother of God”. Russia, ca. 1800.
Tempera on wooden panel, levkas. 110*66,5 cm.
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“The Dormition of the Mother of God” icon (estimated at € 3,810–5,710), dated 1800, is of an impressive size. The central section shows the Virgin Mary, surrounded by saints and apostles. The Christ in a mandorla is swaddling her soul and Archangel Gabriel standing next to him, shown against an architectural background. The upper section has a depiction of “Our Lady of the Sign” icon with saints and angels in the clouds. On the top next to the boarding angels on the cloud standing next to the Gates of Paradise depicted.

Note: Negligible dark spots and areas with paint loss mainly on the border. Damage from timber beetle.

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