ICONASTAS: Fine Russian Art & Antiques from the Renowned London Gallery

ICONASTAS: Fine Russian Art & Antiques from the Renowned London Gallery

Date: Wed, 1st Dec 2021 14:00
Sale number: A997
Catalogue: View Illustrated Page Turner Catalogue
Lots: 107


We are delighted to be able to welcome you to our latest sale, held as part of Russian Art Week: Autumn 2021.

The Piccadilly Arcade gallery was established by Chris Martin-Zakheim and John Gaze in 1974, specialising in Russian icons, works of art, and antiquities, until it closed its doors in 2018, having cemented a reputation as one of the industry’s leading specialists.

This sale, which is the first of several auctions of Iconastas stock, includes icons dating from the 14th to 20th centuries, soviet porcelain, works of art and propaganda, and also features icons from the personal collection of the late Chris Martin-Zakheim, whose premature passing after a brain-tumour diagnosis prompted the gallery’s closure.

Particular highlights of this sale are two icons formerly in the collection of George Hann (1890-1979), a pioneer of American aviation who assembled one of the world’s finest private collections, previously sold in a landmark auction at Christie’s after his death. He acquired many pieces directly from the Russian State in the 1930s, when the Soviet government sold a great number of artworks from the nation’s important collections. The two icons bear labels and inventory numbers for the State Tretyakov Gallery.

We are grateful to Nathalie Farman-Farma of the design studio Décors Barbares, who has kindly provided a selection of Russian, Central Asian and Eastern-inspired textiles, which have been used throughout the catalogue to highlight and accentuate the colours and motifs of the artworks, proving also that works of such distinguished heritage can be blended seamlessly into a modern decorative setting.

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Lot 2
An icon of Christ Emmanuel

Estimated at £2,000 - £3,000

Lot 4
A large icon of a prophet

Estimated at £5,000 - £7,000

Lot 7
A large icon of the Annunciation

Estimated at £2,500 - £3,500

Lot 8
A pair of icons

Estimated at £4,000 - £6,000

Lot 9
A festival icon

Sold for £5,500

Lot 14
An icon of the Mother of God

Estimated at £3,000 - £5,000

Lot 15
An icon of St John Chrysostom

Estimated at £3,000 - £5,000

Lot 18
An icon of the Deisis Mother of God

Estimated at £3,000 - £5,000

Lot 19
An icon of St Paul

Estimated at £3,000 - £5,000

Lot 21
An icon of St Francis of Assisi

Estimated at £20,000 - £30,000

Lot 25
An icon of St Barbara

Estimated at £1,000 - £1,500

Lot 26
An icon of St Haralampios

Estimated at £2,000 - £3,000

Lot 29
An icon of St John the Theologian

Estimated at £2,500 - £3,500

Lot 30
An icon of Christ Pantocrator

Estimated at £4,000 - £6,000

Lot 33
A brass-clad wooden box

Estimated at £2,000 - £3,000

Lot 37
An icon of Christ and The Trinity

Estimated at £3,000 - £5,000

Lot 42
A large icon of St Daniel

Estimated at £4,000 - £6,000

Lot 47
An icon of the Nativity

Estimated at £10,000 - £15,000

Lot 48
An icon of the Adoration of the Magi

Estimated at £3,000 - £5,000

Lot 63
An icon

Sold for £1,300

Lot 64
An icon of Four Chosen Saints

Estimated at £1,500 - £2,500

Lot 76
A menalogical icon for the whole year

Estimated at £10,000 - £15,000

Lot 78
An icon of St Paul

Estimated at £1,000 - £1,500

Lot 88
The Deisis on three panels

Estimated at £10,000 - £15,000

Lot 92
A large icon of St Nicholas

Estimated at £2,000 - £3,000