World Treasures: Important Russian, European, Asian & American Works
November 18th & 19th, 2014
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Lot 6
A FINE AND SCARCE RUSSIAN ICON OF THE FEODOROVSKAYA MOTHER OF GOD, P.I. OLOVYANISHNIKOV, MOSCOW, 1908-1917.  A traditionally rendered image of the Feodor Mother of God inspired by earlier models and in keeping with the style made popular by the firm Olovyanishnikov and as propagated by noted iconographer Nikolai Sergeevich Emelianov who is known to have worked with the Olovyanishnikov firm. The borders overlaid with silver repoussé basma and with over-fitting frame and applied silver halo. Hallmarked Moscow, circa 1908-1917, and with the Cyrillic maker’s marks for the firm P. I. Olovyanishnikov and Sons, and 84 silver standard. 9.75 inches x 6.75 inches (25 x 17 cm).
Estimate:  $3,000 - 5,000   € 2,100 - 3,500
Price Realized: $8,125.00

The firm of Olovyanishnikov was founded in Yaroslavl first gaining fame as the manufacturer of church bells. Later, after moving to Moscow, they began to produce all various types of churchware including altar wares, fabric, and icons. At the beginning of the 20th century they were awarded the title of Supplier to the Russian Imperial Court and thereby granted the Imperial Warrant. Among their many customers were members of the Imperial family including the Empress Alexandra as well as other noted members and a multitude of Russian aristocracy. In 1916, at the height of production, they employed 62 workers in their Moscow firm. Perhaps no other firm was as successful as Olovyanishnikov in blending the old and the new in a manner that was universally applauded and appreciated by all who saw their works.

In the early 17th century, the original Feodor icon was carried by the deputation which implored young Mikhail Romanov to become Tsar of Russia, and it was used to bless him upon his ascension to the throne. It thus became the patron of the House of Romanov and, as such, was a frequently gifted image by the Royal family of friends and servants to the court.

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