An icon of two female saints,
18th century, Ushakov School, Russia, Saints Marfa and Iustinia,
tempera on wood with a later silver basma, struck with Cyrillic initials 'GSB', further marks obscured,
31 x 26cm
Provenance: Iconastas, Piccadilly Arcade, St James's, London, W1;
Sotheby's, New York, 'Russian Works of Art', 10 December 1976, lot 164.
Икона «Две святые женщины»
XVIII в., Россия, Святые Марфа и Иустина
Дерево, темпера с серебряной басмой, добавленной позже; инициалы в кириллице «ГСБ», другие неясные марки
31 х 26см
Происхождение: Иконастас, Аркада Пикадилли, Сент-Джеймс, Лондон, W1
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Sold for £1,800
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Auction: ICONASTAS: Fine Russian Art & Antiques from the Renowned London Gallery, Wed, 1st Dec 2021
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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