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.

In person bidding is available, please visit below to book or call 01279 817778.

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VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT

We will be offering viewing by appointment only, to be held at our London Gallery, 15 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ.  One hour time slots will be available from:

Thurs 25 Nov, 10am - 7pm 

Fri 26 Nov, 10am - 5pm

Sat 27 Nov, 12 noon - 4pm

Sun 28 Nov, 12 noon - 4pm

Mon 29 Nov, 10am - 5pm 

Tues 30 Nov, 10am - 5pm 

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All lots are, however, extensively illustrated and carry detailed condition reports - see 'Condition report' at the foot of each lot description. 

 

ATTEND THE LIVE AUCTION

To book your place to be at the Stansted saleroom in person, please book an appointment: 

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COLLECTIONS

To save you having to wait, we operate a mandatory booking system for collections.  Please book your appointment 24 hours in advance, to ensure your items are ready when you arrive. 

 

Lots will be available to collect as follows:

 

FROM WEDS 1 TO MON 6 DECEMBER, 5pm

Available at our Sworders London Gallery, Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ

 

FROM WEDS 8 DECEMBER, 9am

Available at Sworders Stansted Auction Rooms, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex CM24 8GE

 

Please select ‘Collection’ as your appointment type when booking your collection time.

 

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SWORDERS' DELIVERY SERVICE

We are able to provide a bespoke shipping cost based on the lot and delivery destination, almost anywhere in the world. Should you be successful in buying larger items, a specific shipping estimate will need to be requested after the sale using the link in your invoice email; this also includes all requests for international delivery.

We are, however, unable to deliver purchased items to private residential addresses in Russia; all personal effects are banned from import to Russia from the UK. However, business and commercial imports are currently allowed; when sending business or commercial items to Russia, note that some products are strictly prohibited, where you’ll need special permission.