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A crowded genre scene in a church, XVII-XIX century Russian icons and enamels in the winter 2021 sale at Schuler Auktionen


From 13 to 17 of December 2021 Schuler Auktionen will host the traditional winter sale and will present a series of Russian art lots led by the genre crowd scene in a church, dated 1905, inspired by Russian fairy tales cloisonné decorative box in the form of an egg with a saucer featuring chicken legs, 1908-17, Pavel Ovchinnikov, and rare 17-19 century Russian icons.

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The Russian school, c. 1905.
The Russian school, c. 1905.
Scene in a chapel.
Inscription in Cyrillic with red pencil “Beginning of Fenruary 1905”. 132*152 cm.
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A large scale and compositionally complex “Scene in a church”, c. 1905 (estimated at EUR 3'640 – 5'450), showcases a group of people during the worship service in an Orthodox church. The artist conveyed the lively atmosphere in the church by focusing on the fullness of the room and the large number of the worshippers. At the same time the painter skillfully arranged the faces on the picture to distinctively show the viewer the emotions of each member in the foreground. The warm light in the centre of the composition creates the feeling of hope in the mystery of prayer. The idea of the depiction of peasant class in the sacral moment of prayer represents moral integrity of the society that was in Russia in the beginning of the 20 century. This work might have been produced by the painter either from the circle of Nikolai Kharitonov (1880-1944) or Fotiy Krassytsky (1873-1944).

Провенанс:

  • For more than 50 years in the private collection in Switzerland.
Cloisonne decorative box in the form of an egg with a saucer featuring chicken legs, 1908-17.
Cloisonne decorative box in the form of an egg with a holder featuring chicken legs, 1908-17.
Workmaster Pavel Ovchinnikov.
Pastel colours enamel, gilt. L. 12 cm. W. c. 10 cm.
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Inspired by Russian fairy tales cloisonné decorative box in the form of an egg with a holder featuring chicken legs, 1908-17 (estimated at EUR 1'090 – 1'640). Cloisonne enamel in pastel colours, gilt. Workmaster Pavel Ovchinnikov.

The Menaion Icon, 19 century.
The Menaion Icon, 19 century.
Tempera on wooden panel, levkas. Miniature painting. 53,5*44 cm.
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The Menaion Icon, 19 century (estimated at EUR 4'550 – 7'270), , features miniature painting, and depicts the saints in the centre, surrounded by 124 scenes with the Mother of God. In the upper centre is the image of the Christ.

Note:

  • Signs of ageing, minor retouching.
  • Comes with the expert conclusion from Markus Weller, Dusseldorf, 1989.
The Icon of God the Father (The Trinity).
The Icon of God the Father (The Trinity).
Northern Russia, c. 1800. Tempera on a wooden panel, levkas. Kovtcheg. 68,5*29,5 cm.
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The Icon of God the Father (The Trinity), Northern Russia, c. 1800 (estimated at EUR 4'090 – 6'820), depicts God the Father in the centre sitting on a large chair with the Logos on his knees – the pre-existent second person of the Trinity. Above his head is the image of the Holy Spirit in the form of a pigeon. 

Iconostasis, 19 century.
Iconostasis, 19 century.
Tempera on wooden panel, levkas. Kovcheg. 35,5*30 cm.
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Iconostasis, 19 century, with the images of Apostels, Prophets, and Old Testament Saints (estimated at EUR 3'270 – 5'000).

Note:

  • Longitudinal cracking restored.
  • Comes with the expert conclusion from the icon museum Schloss Autenried bei Günzburg/Donau.
Four-partite icon, 18 century.
Four-partite icon, 18 century.
Tempera on wooden panel, levkas. 53,5*46 cm.
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Four-partite icon, 18 century, (estimated at EUR 2'360 – 4'090) in the upper part shows the scenes “Joy of all who sorrow”, “The Trinity”, and “The Nine Hierarchs”. In the lower part: a guardian angel with the Apostels Peter and Paul, as well as two other saints (without names indication).

Note:

  • Areas with open levkas, retouching, restoration.
  • Comes with expert conclusion from Markus Weller, Dusseldorf, 1989.
The Feodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God, c. 1650.
The Feodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God, c. 1650.
Central or Northern Russia. Tempera on wooden panel, levkas. 31,5*26 cm.
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The Feodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God, c. 1650, Central or Northern Russia (estimated at EUR 1'640 – 3'270), depicts Virgin Mary holding the Christ child in her right arm cheek to cheek.

Note:

  • Areas with open levkas, retouching.
  • Comes with the expert conclusion from the icon museum Schloss Autenried bei Günzburg/Donau.
The Icon of St. Adam, 18 century.
The Icon of St. Adam, 18 century.
Tempera on wooden panel with frame, levkas. 41,5*37 cm.
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The Icon of St. Adam, 18 century (estimated at EUR 1'640 – 2'360) , depicts the first man as saint with the open scroll in his hand.

Note:

  • Minor retouching.
  • Comes with the expert conclusion from Markus Weller, Dusseldorf, 1989.
Large Icon of the Great Feasts, end of 18 century.
Large Icon of the Great Feasts, end of 18 century.
Tempera on wooden panel, levkas. Miniature painting. 53,5*44 cm.
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Large Icon of the Great Feasts, end of 18 century, (estimated at EUR 1'360 – 1'820) showcases the scenes of “the Resurrection of Christ” and “the Descent into Hades”, surrounded by 12 scenes of the Great Feasts: The Nativity of Mary, the Presentation of Mary, the Trinity, the Annunciation, Christmas, the Presentation of Jesus, the Baptism of Jesus, the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, the Transfiguration of Jesus, Ascension of Jesus, the Dormition of the Mother of God, Lazarus of Bethany, The beheading of John the Baptist, Saint Elias's Fiery Ascension, Romanos the Melodist, the Exaltation of the Cross.

Note:

  • Restoration, minor signs of retouching.
Icon of Image of Edessa, end of 18 century.
Icon of Image of Edessa, end of 18 century.
Tempera on wooden panel, levkas. Kovcheg. 40*35 cm.
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Icon of Image of Edessa, end of 18 century (estimated at EUR 1'090 – 2'180), depicted on a light green tissue, held by St. Maximus (left) and Theodor of Amasea (right).

Note:

  • Minor areas with paint loss, minimal wear of golden background.
  • Comes with the expert conclusion from Markus Weller, Dusseldorf, 1989.
Icon of the Joy of All Who Sorrow, c. 1800.
Icon of the Joy of All Who Sorrow, c. 1800.
Tempera on a wooden panel, levkas. 33*27 cm.
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Icon of the Joy of All Who Sorrow, c. 1800, (estimated at EUR 1'090 – 2'000) depicts Virgin Mary in the centre with the scroll and the scepter, shown within a mandorla shape. In the upper centre: the image of Christ Pantoctator.

Note:

  • Restoration (framing). Minor signs of wear of the golden background and retouching.
  • Comes with the expert conclusion from the icon museum Schloss Autenried bei Günzburg/Donau.

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