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Bretagne on a Zarubin canvas, decorative and applied arts of the XIX century, and icons at the spring auctions 2021 at Schuler Auktionen


In the period between the 22nd and 26th of March, 2021, traditional Schuler Auktionen spring auctions will be held in Zurich, where an interesting selection of Russian lots is expected - art of Zarubin, Viktor Ivanovich (1866-1928), inspired by the French period, a student of Arkhip Kuindzhi, cloisonne enamel of the 19th century, and icons of the 17-19th centuries.

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Zarubin, Viktor Ivanovich
Zarubin, Viktor Ivanovich (1866-1928),
"Bretonian Women on the Way to the Fair", 1919. ("Bretonische Frauen auf dem Weg zur Messe")
Date and signature in the bottom left. Oil on plywood. 80*103 cm.
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A work by a student of the Imperial Academy of Arts - Zarubin, Viktor Ivanovich - "Bretonian Women on the Way to the Fair", 1919 (estimated at € 1'900 - 3'810) will be presented at auction. The painting shows a group of women in dark cloaks going up a wide staircase on a background of a landscape typical of Northern France - the idea apparently unwinnowed by the artist's education in Paris at the Académie Julian. Zarubin is widely known for his works on the theme of Normandy.

After studying in France at the Académie Julian, Viktor Ivanovich Zarubin continued his education at the Higher Art School attached to the Imperial Academy of Arts under the tutelage of Arkhip Kuindzhi in 1896, and in 1909 was awarded the title of a graduate.

Provenance:

  • Shifara Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia.
  • Private property, Switzerland. Acquired in 1998 in the aforementioned gallery.
Icon of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary in a stamped metal frame
Icon of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary in a stamped metal frame
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso.
Russia, c. 1600. 35*30.5 cm.
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In the foreground of the icon of the Annunciation, c. 1600 (estimated at € 2'670 - 4'290), in the right-hand part, the Virgin Mary is shown sitting in a chair with legs raised onto a stool. In the left-hand part, Archangel Gabriel walks towards her with a staff. Between them in the centre is the figure of a servant with a spindle as a witness of the occurrence. The background shows an elaborately executed, complicated architectural ensemble. The gilded copper cover plates on the stamped frame were likely added later. The frame is adorned with exquisite relief ornamentation, is slightly worn, has small dents.

Note:

  • sections of exposed gesso in areas of the background and halos;
  • signs of restoration, retouching.
Portent of the Holy Mother Icon
Portent of the Holy Mother Icon
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso.
Russia, c. 1700, mounted on a board from the 19th century, 27*23.5 cm.
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The centre of the Portent of the Holy Mother Icon, c. 1700 (estimated at € 1'710 - 3'430) depicts the Virgin Mary with arms raised in prayer - Orant type. A medallion with the image of Emmanuel the Saviour is shown on the chest, seraphs in the upper part next to the head. Images associated with the frame from the 19th century are situated along the edge: two angels and the Solovki wonderworkers Zosimas and Sabbatius.

Note:

  • sections of exposed gesso in areas of the background and frame, partial restoration;
  • small sections of paint loss (on the edges), retouching.
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.
Icon of the Life of Nicholas the Wonderworker
Icon of the Life of Nicholas the Wonderworker
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso, gilded background.
Russia, 2nd half of the 19th century, painted over an older artwork. 44.5*35 cm.
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Icon of the Life of Nicholas the Wonderworker, 2nd half of the 19th century (estimated at € 1'140 - 2'290), shows the saint raising his right hand in a blessing gesture and holding the Gospel book in his left hand. Medallions with the images of Christ and the Virgin Mother are situated near the head. The image is surrounded by 12 stamps: Christmas, his Christening, the healing of a woman with a withered arm, instruction in reading and writing, admission to the deaconry, admission to the order of bishops, his apparition in Emperor Constantine's dream, the saving of three people sentenced to death, the saving of Dimitriy at sea, the return of an abducted child to its parents, the Assumption, translation of the relics.

Note:

  • has a certificate of authenticity from the SchlossAutenried Icon Museum (Ikonenmuseum SchlossAutenried, Günzburg/Donau);
  • small areas of loss of paint, retouching;
  • restoration (longitudinal crack, frame).
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 Nicholas the Wonderworker in a frame
Icon of Nicholas the Wonderworker in a frame
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso.
Russia, c. 1800. 31*22.5 cm.
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Another icon of Nicholas the Wonderworker presented at auction pertains to the period c. 1800 (estimated at € 860 - 1'240). The saint is depicted with the right arm raised in a blessing gesture and in the left covered arm holding the Gospel book. Christ and the Holy Mother are depicted in medallions next to the head. The cover has a brass halo, 176(?) adorned with a delicate engraving and repoussé in the form of a flower ornament.

Note:

  • signs of ageing, loss of paint on the lower edge;
  • the cover has small dents, insignificant damage in the area of the halo.
Kazan icon of the Holy Mother of God with an embossed casing
Kazan icon of the Holy Mother of God with an embossed casing
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso.
Russia, 19th century. 31*26.5 cm.
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Kazan icon of the Holy Mother of God with an embossed casing, 19th century (estimated at € 670 - 1'050), shows the Virgin Mary with a baby. The right part of the icon shows Saint Eudoxia. The brass casing is adorned with a thin floral ornament, visible remains of silver plating. Gilded halos are encrusted with three glass inserts.

Note:

  • some areas with cracked paint;
  • slight defects and retouching;
  • insignificant damage and dents on the casing.
Brooch.
Brooch. Russia, circa 1880.
3x3 cm., 15 g.
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An elegant brooch from the end of the 19th century (estimated at € 1'900 - 3'810) with a small box.

A pair of candleholders.
A pair of candleholders.
Russia, end of the 19th century.
Height of 16 cm., approx. 716 g.
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A pair of candleholders (estimated at € 380 - 480), end of the 19th century. Rocaille legs on a base in the shape of a dome, small angels holding a horn in the upper part.

Decorative spoon.
Decorative spoon.
6th Artel of jewellers.
Moscow, 1908-1917.
Length of 20.5 cm., around 80 g.
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A round-shaped decorative spoon with a long, partly spiraling handle (estimated at € 290 - 480). The rear side is adorned with cloisonne enamel. Has a marking of the 6th Artel of jewellers.

In the 90s of the 19th century, jeweller artels employed various techniques of executing cloisonne enamel. 6th Artel: the entire item is entirely covered in enamel, cells are painted.in. Traditional colours: olive green, blue, cream.

Matchbox.
Matchbox
Maria Semyonova.
Gilded/cloisonne enamel.
Moscow, 1898-1910, 3x4 cm., around 29 g.
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Matchbox (estimated at € 290 - 480) of rectangular shape with rounded corners. The lid flips up on a hinge joint and has a strike pad for lighting matches. Adorned on the entire surface with gilded cloisonne enamel. Has a marking from artisan "MC" Maria Semyonova.

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