World Treasures: Important Russian, Asian, European & American Works
June 3rd & 4th, 2014
auction closed

Share |
select thumbnail image to view larger, then hover over (or touch on mobile device) to magnify
Lot 3
AN IMPERIAL RUSSIAN PRESENTATION ICON OF SAINT SAVVA OF STOROZHEVSK, DIKAREV WORKSHOP, CIRCA 1908. At center is depicted a full length image of Savva wearing the Great Skema, sign of his high monastic rank, and delivering a blessing with his right hand. In his left hand, he holds a scroll upon which begins, ”Brothers, the fruits of the spirit are love and joy.” The foreground, vegetation and distant buildings with gilt highlights and shading typical of Dikarev icons. The borders overlaid with a gilded silver-gilt repoussé riza in the Pan Slavic style, apparently unmarked, and the verso with engraved dedicatory plaque which reads, “To Her Imperial Highness, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, from the Police force of the District of Zvenigorod. April 10, 1908.” The connection to Zvenigorod, of course, is Saint Savva. The highly stylized and condensed inscription identifies him as “Holy Venerable Savva of Storozhevsk, Wonderworker of Zvenigorod.” Set in a custom fitted, silk lined wooden case with retailer’s mark of Fabergé. 10.5 inches x 8.75 inches (27 x 22 cm).
Estimate:  $10,000 - 15,000   € 7,000 - 10,500
Price Realized: $125,000.00


For a very similar icon by Dikarev, see 1,000 Years of Russian Art, Meyer Werkstatt, Hamburg, Germany, 1988, pp. 170, image 212, illustrated and depicting an icon of the Venerable Monastic Saint Anthony Pecherskiy in an almost identical pose and depicted in similarly rendered garments, foreground and background.

Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna was the wife of Grand Duke Vladimir, who was the son of Tsar Alexander II, brother of Tsar Alexander III, and uncle of Tsar Nicholas II.

All items are sold “AS IS” and there will be no returns based on condition. The items sold are often of considerable age and will exhibit wear, usage and damage often not listed in the catalog entry. The absence of condition remarks in the catalog entry DOES NOT mean the item is in perfect condition. Prospective buyers are in ALL CASES responsible for determining the physical condition of lots. No employee or agent of Jackson's International Auctioneers and Appraisers is authorized to make on our behalf or on that of the consignor any representation or warranty, oral or written, with respect to any property. Therefore, if a prospective bidder has not examined the property to their satisfaction before the sale, or his/her agent has not inspected the property, Jackson's recommends that they not bid on the property. All dimensions are approximate. The condition of frames is not guaranteed.