World Treasures: Important Russian, Asian, European & American Works
June 3rd & 4th, 2014
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Lot 4
A FINE RUSSIAN ICON OF SAINTS SAMON, GURIY AND AVIV, MSTERA, POSSIBLY ALEXANDER TSEPKOV, CIRCA 1886. Executed within an arched reserve and at top, a finely painted icon of the Smolensk Mother of God held aloft by angels atop highly stylized clouds. Below, three full length images of the patron saints for fidelity and marriage, Samon, Guriy and the Deacon Aviv. The borders painted with the Guardian Angel, the Holy Martyr Claudius, Saint Nicholas and the Holy Righteous Glaphira. The entire icon overlaid with a gilded silver repoussé and chased riza hallmarked Moscow, dated 1886, Cyrillic maker’s mark IG, and 84 silver standard. 12.3 inches x 10.5 inches (31 x 26.5 cm).
Estimate:  $4,000 - 7,000   € 2,800 - 4,900
Price Realized: $125,000.00

This icon is a fine example of the type produced at the end of the 19th century in the various icon workshops which had earned the Imperial Warrant. These icons are noted for their exceptional attention to detail. They are sometimes referred to as “magnifying glass” icons, for to appreciate the minute detail one is almost required to use a magnifying glass. Each hair on each head of each figure is individually painted, often with a single-hair brush. The work is excruciating on the painter’s eyes. Consequently these icons took much longer to produce than others.

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