Schuler Auktionen March 2022 Russian Sale
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Marc Chagall, Peter Belenok, and Russian icons in the Spring 2022 Sale at Schuler Auktionen


From March 21st to March 25th, 2022, Schuler Auktionen will as part of their spring auction present a series of lots of Russian art. Among the works put up will be icons of the XVIII - XX centuries, the colour lithography “Place de la Concorde” by Marc Chagall, and the black-and-white composition “Exodus 24” by Peter Belenok.

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Marc Chagall
Marc Chagall (1887, Vitebsk - 1985, Saint-Paul-de-Vence)
“Place de la Concorde”.
Colour lithography. 25/75. Sheet size: 36.1 * 27.3 cm.
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The top lot of the Russian part of the auction will be the cheerful colour lithography by Marc Chagall “Place de la Concorde” (estimated at 3’000 - 5’000 EUR) showing the central square in Paris. As on a spring day, the blue and green tones remind us of perennial rebirth and the bouquet of pink flowers creates an impression of blossoming and the triumph of life. The left part hints at the archetype of the Holy Mother - a mother with a baby - and in the upper right part a guardian angel swims through the sky with one arm extended up, preserving peace and harmony.

Note:

  • Framed. The sheet has browned. The edge is lighter. The sheet is slightly spotted. Edges and corners are slightly worn. Verso installed on the passepartout in the upper part.

Bibliography:

  • Chagall lithography, Bd. I, # 83, m. Illustration.
Peter Belenok
Peter Belenok (1938, Korohod, Kiev region - 1991, Moscow).
"Exodus 24".
Mixed technique on paper. Sheet size: 47.2 * 61.8 cm. Frame.
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“Exodus 24” by Peter Belenok (estimated at 2’000 - 4’000) is executed in a mixed technique on paper. The composition is built upon the battle between “little people” and the forces of nature and deity, and completely corresponds to the mood of “panic-stricken realism”.

Note:

  • Partially yellowed and wrinkled paper. The edge is lighter, the corners and edge are slightly worn and glued. There is a passepartout in the upper part of the back.
  • The back contains the inscription “Belenok” in blue pencil and the name of the painting. There is also another note in pencil: “Kinetic Lunatic. He is not in the motion group. Graphic artist. Friend of Brusilovsky”. The customs stamp “Dogana die Chiasso”.
The Resurrection of Christ and the Descent of Christ into Hell.  Russia, XVIII century.
The Resurrection of Christ and the Descent of Christ into Hell. Russia, XVIII century.
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso. 53 * 44 cm.
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The Resurrection of Christ and the Descent of Christ into Hell, XVIII century. (Estimated at 3’000 - 5’000 EUR). The bottom part of the icon shows Christ standing next to the shattered gates of hell and pulling Adam and Eve from the realm of the dead. The redeemed walk one after the other up to heaven. The upper part shows the scene of the Resurrection of Christ. On the left: a scene of a woman next to a coffin, on the right: a scene with a righteous thief.

Note:

  • Slight damage, retouching, signs of restoration.
Dormition of the Mother of God. Russia, XVIII century.
Dormition of the Mother of God. Russia, XVIII century.
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso.
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Dormition of the Mother of God, XVIII century. (2’600 - 4’500 EUR), shows the Mother of God on a gold background on her deathbed surrounded by apostles, archangels, and saints. Christ, standing in front of a mandorla, carries her soul in child form. The foreground shows an angel severing the hand of the judaist Athonius for attempting to upend the Holy Mother's bed. The background contains an architectural ensemble. The upper part shows the Holy Mother sitting on the throne and surrounded by 12 apostles.

Note:

  • Some damage, retouching, exposed area of gesso in the area of the frame. There is a crack on the reverse side.
Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Russia, XVII century.
Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Russia, XVII century.
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso. 31.5 cm * 27 cm.
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Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, XVII century (estimated at 1’800 - 3’600 EUR), shows Mary sitting in an armchair and holding a spindle in her hands. The left shows archangel Gabriel holding a staff in his hand. The background contains an architectural ensemble with red fabric draped over two towers. The upper part shows God the Father in the centre on a cloud.

Note:

  • Slight damage, retouching. Restoration of the background and frame. Has a certificate of authenticity # 2728 by Boris Schapowalow, Basel/Colombier.
Vladimir icon of the Mother of God, Russia, first half of the XVII century.
Vladimir icon of the Mother of God, Russia, first half of the XVII century.
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso. 31 * 27.5 cm.
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Vladimir icon of the Mother of God, first half of the XVII century (estimated at 1’400 - 2’400 EUR), shows the Holy Mother holding baby Christ in her right hand, Christ pressing His cheek against hers.

Note:

  • Exposed areas of gesso in the area of the background and frame. Slight signs of restoration, retouching, slight damage.
Korsunian icon of the Mother of God. Russia, circa 1800.
Korsunian icon of the Mother of God. Russia, circa 1800.
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso.
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Korsunian icon of the Mother of God, circa 1800 (estimated at 1’200 - 2’200 EUR) shows the Holy Mother holding baby Christ in her left hand, his cheek pressing against hers. Exquisite chrysography on clothes.

Note:

  • Slight damage and areas of paint loss. Restored frame.
Transfiguration of the Lord, Russia, XIX century.
Transfiguration of the Lord, Russia, XIX century.
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso. 30 * 24.5 cm.
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Transfiguration of the Lord, XIX century (estimated at 1’000 - 2’000), shows Christ in the centre wearing white clothes and standing on mount Tabor. Saint Elijah on His right, Moses on His left. The foreground at the bottom shows three frightened apostles - Peter, John, Jacob. The upper part on the cloud shows a silhouette of the city and a starry sky.

Note:

  • The paint layer is slightly cracked, slight damage, retouching. Partially restored frame.
The Beheading of John the Baptist, circa 1700.
The Beheading of John the Baptist, circa 1700.
Tempera on a wooden panel, gesso.
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The Beheading of John the Baptist, circa 1700 (estimated at 700 - 1’400 EUR), the foreground shows two scenes - John is led from a dark cell by an executioner (on the left) and the beheading (on the right).

Note:

  • Small areas of paint loss, damage. Slight signs of restoration, retouching. Comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Icon Museum Autenried castle in Günzburg/Donau.
Aquamarine bracelet and brooch, Russia, XIX century
Aquamarine bracelet and brooch, Russia, XIX century
Bracelet: aquamarine, oval cut, 9 carats. Brooch: aquamarine, oval, 8 carats. Combined weight: 37.2 g.
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An antique set from the XIX century consisting of an elegant bracelet and brooch with shimmering aquamarine (estimated at 2’000 - 3’000 EUR).

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