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Richard Zommer, Franz Roubaud, decorative arts and XVIII-XIXth century Russian icons at Schuler Auktionen in September 2020


Zurich – Schuler Auktionen will be hosting a traditional auction during the period from 14 to 18 September 2020 with bidding in-person, by telephone, absentee bid, as well as online bidding. Works by Richard Zommer and Franz Roubaud are among the highilights featured in auction.

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Zommer, Richard Karlovich
Zommer, Richard Karlovich (1866 – 1939).
“A Rest in the Desert”.
Oil on canvas, mounted on cardboard. Signed bottom right.
35,5*65,2 cm.
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The top lot of the Russian part of the September auction will be “A Rest in the Desert” (estimated at € 5'710 – 8'570) by Zommer, Richard Karlovich - an auditor of the Imperial Academy of Arts and one of the founders of the Tiflis Society of Fine Arts. Working in Central Asia and in the Transcaucasus, Zommer created a large number of water-colour paintings and genre canvases dedicated to the way of life of the Eastern culture. Works by the artist form part of the collections of the leading museums of Russia, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan.

Provenance:

  • Private collection, Switzerland.
Roubaud, Franz Alekseevich
Roubaud, Franz Alekseevich (1856 – 1928).
“Causasian Horseman”.
Oil on pressed wood panel. Signed bottom right.
38,4*23,4 cm.
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Another important lot is the “Causasian Horseman” (estimated at € 5’710 - 7’620) by Roubaud, Franz Alekseevich - the founding father of Russian battle painting and the head of the battle workshop at the Imperial Academy of Arts. Franz Roubaud created three of the most famous panoramas - “Siege of Sevastopol”, “Battle of Borodino”, and “The Storming of the Aul Achulgo”.

Note:

  • Expert opinion by Eckart Lingenauber and Dr. Olga Sugrobova-Roth, 26 July 2020 г.: this painting will be included into e-application to catalogue raisonne.
An oval dish on a stand
An oval dish on a stand,
Moscow, 1875.
Mark Ivan P. Khlebnikov, A. Svechin.
28*20*9 cm. W. 1140 g.
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Decorative and applied arts will be represented by an oval candy dish on a stand (estimated at € 860 – 1'520), Moscow, 1875, mark Ivan P. Khlebnikov, A. Svechin. The surface is adorned with a pearl pattern in the form of horizontal lines and with friezes.

Note:

  • Signs of use, dent at the base.
A cylindrical cup
A cylindrical cup,
Moscow, 1780-1784,
marked by municipal councillor Fedor Petrov, mark “VA”.
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A cylindrical cup (estimated at € 380 – 570), Moscow, 1780-1784, marked by municipal councillor Fedor Petrov, mark “VA” (cyrillic). The walls are adorned with an embossed eagle and rocaille elements.

Note:

  • Dent at the base.
The Kazan icon of the Mother of God.
The Kazan icon of the Mother of God with filigree casing,
Russia, c. 1910.
Tempera on wood, levkas. Casing: Moscow, 1908-1917. Mark “NG”.
26,5*22,5 сm.
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The Kazan icon of the Mother of God with filigree casing (estimated at € 1'900 – 3'810) portrays the Holy Mother with Christ Emmanuel folding his arm in a blessing gesture. The stamped casing is adorned with bold chiselled filigree and cloisonne enamel with a flower motif. Moscow, 1908-1917, mark “NG” (cyrillic). Presumably artisan Nikolai Yegorovich Grachev.

Note:

  • Minor loss of paint, small scuff marks on the stamping, minor dark spots and loss (halos)
The icon of the Symbol of the Most Holy Mother of God
The icon of the Symbol of the Most Holy Mother of God,
c. 1700, Tempera on wood, levkas.
30*26,5 cm.
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The icon of the Symbol of the Most Holy Mother of God, c. 1700 (estimated at € 1'520 – 3'050) shows the Holy Mother with hands raised in prayer and Christ Emmanuel in a halo on her chest.

Note:

  • The gesso is exposed in the area of the background and frame, partially restored. Small dark spots and areas of paint loss (on the edge). Small cracks in the paint layer.
  • There is an expert evaluation of the piece from the Schloss Autenried bei Günzburg/Donau icon museum.
Icon of the Resurrection of Christ - Descent into Hades
Icon of the Resurrection of Christ - Descent into Hades.
Tempera on wood, levkas. Russia, 1st half on the 19th century.
34*28 cm.
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Icon of the Resurrection of Christ - Descent into Hades in stamped casing (estimated at € 1'520 – 3'050), Russia, 1st half of the XIX century. The lower part of the icon shows the scene of Christ’s descent into Hades. In the right corner, there are three women of God next to a grave. The upper part shows The Resurrection of Christ. Marks: Yaroslavl, mark “NL 1837”, mark “MK”. Casing: mark “MK”, engraved.

Note:

  • Cracked paint, paint loss on the upper edge, signs of restoration. Small dark spots and minor dents on the casing, no elements on the halo.
The icon of Christ the Almighty
The icon of Christ the Almighty in casing.
Russia, 18-19th century.
Tempera on wood panel, levkas.
31*26,5 cm.
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The icon of Christ the Almighty in casing from the XVIII-XIX centuries (estimated at € 1'520 – 3'050) shows Christ with his right arm folded in a blessing gesture and holding the New Testament in his left hand. Casing: mark “LO 1894”, adorned with engravings and guilloches.

Note:

  • Slightly cracked paint, small areas of paint layer loss, small dark spots in the lower region. Minor dark spots and loss on the casing.
The icon of the Virgin Mother of Consolation of All Sorrows
The icon of the Virgin Mother of Consolation of All Sorrows,
Russia, 1st half of the 19th century.
Tempera on wood panel, levkas.
32,5*27 cm.
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The icon of the Virgin Mother of Consolation of All Sorrows, Russia, 1st half of the XIX century (estimated at € 1'140 – 2'290) portrays the Virgin Mother in the centre with open arms. Angels bring those in need to Her - their requests are written on scrolls. Christ is depicted in the upper part on a cloud, the sun and moon are located to the right and to the left.

Note:

  • Frame is restored, the paint is slightly cracked, small areas of paint loss.
  • Comes supplied with an expert evaluation from the Schloss Autenried bei Günzburg/Donau icon museum.
Icon of the Circumincession
Most Holy Trinity Icon.
Russia, 2nd half of the 19th century.
Tempera on wood panel, levkas.
35,5*31 cm.
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Most Holy Trinity Icon (estimated at € 1'050 – 2'100), Russia, 2nd half of the XIX century. Depicts Christ and God the Father on a four-point star in a halo on a throne of clouds, the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove above their heads.

Note:

  • The background and frame have been restored, slightly cracked paint, small areas of paint loss and retouching.
  • Comes supplied with an expert evaluation from the Schloss Autenried bei Günzburg/Donau icon museum.
Icon of the Good Silence - Life Story of Elijah the Prophet
Icon of the Good Silence - Life Story of Elijah the Prophet,
Russia, c. 1850.
Tempera on wood, levkas.
44*35,5 cm.
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Icon of the Good Silence - Life Story of Elijah the Prophet (estimated at € 950 – 1'900), Russia c. 1850. The upper part shows the image of Christ with arms crossed over His chest and surrounded by a Guardian Angel and Saint Alexandra. The lower part contains scenes from the life of Saint Elijah the Prophet. In the centre: Saint Elijah in a cave, above: the fiery ascension during which Elijah the Prophet threw his mantle to his student Elisseus and with whom they crossed the river Jordan (on the left), and the appearance of an Angel before the prophet (bottom left).

Note:

  • Restored longitudinal crack, slightly cracked paint, small areas of paint loss.
  • Comes supplied with an expert evaluation of the Schloss Autenried bei Günzburg/Donau icon museum.
Четыре круглые иконы, находившихся на Царских вратах
Four round icons from the Tsar's gates portraying Saint Matthew, Saint Mark, Saint Luke, Saint John.
Russia, end of the 19th century.
Tempera on wood panel, levkas.
D. c. 26,5 cm.
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Four round icons from the Tsar's gates (estimated at € 760 – 1'520), Russia, end of the XIX century, portraying Saint Matthew, Saint Mark, Saint Luke, Saint John.

Note:

  • Restored golden background, the names of the Saints have been rewritten, small dark spots and retouching.

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