Wed, 1st Dec 2021 14:00

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

  Lot 50


A large icon of the Mother of God

A large icon of the Mother of God,
c.1900, but in the earlier Novrogod School style, Russia, from a deisis,
tempera on wood, with Tretyakov gallery label and painted inventory numbers verso,
84 x 36cm

Provenance: From the personal collection of the late Chris Martin-Zakheim, owner of Iconastas.

Tretyakov Gallery;

The George R Hann Collection, sold Christie’s, New York, 17 April 1980, lot 50. This lot formed part of a deisis, which were sold as lots 49-53.

According to the Hann entry, it was exhibited:

Carnegie Institute 1944, no.52;
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944.

George Hann (1890-1979) was a pioneer of American aviation who assembled one of the world’s finest private collections of icons, mostly in the 1930s when the Soviet government released Russian treasures for sale abroad. Hann was committed to the study of the historical and religious significance of his collection, which was offered in a sale at Christie’s the year after he died.

We are extremely grateful to Ivan Samarine and Richard Temple for their assistance with this catalogue entry.

Большая икона «Богоматерь»
Около 1900 г., в более раннем стиле Новгородской школы, Россия, из деисуса
На обороте клеймо Третьяковской галереи и рисованные инвентаризационные номера
Дерево, темпера
84 х 36см

Третьяковская галерея

Коллекция Джордж Р. Хан, проданная Кристис, Нью Йорк, 17 Апрелья, 1980, лот 50й

По данным Ханн, её выставили:

Институт Карнеги, 1944, номер 52

Метрополитен-музей, 1944

Джордж Ханн (1890-1979) был пионером американской авиации, который собирал одну из самых прекрасных в мире коллекций икон, особенно в 1930х годах, когда советское государство разрешал продажу русских сокровищ за границей. Ханн был приверженный изучению исторической и религиозной значимости своей коллекции, которую выставили в торгах в Кристиз в году после его смерти.

Мы чрезвычайно благодарны Ивану Самарине и Ричарду Темплу за помощь с этой каталогизацией.

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Sold for £9,000

Condition report

This icon has not been submitted for radiocarbon-dating or other extensive laboratory testing. We are unable to specify if there are any earlier elements or exactly how much restoration has occurred, if any.

Large chips, splits and losses. Knocks, rubbing and wear. Probable overpainting. Panel slightly warped. Has likely seen relatively recent restoration. Knocks, wear and damage to reverse. Please view additional images to supplement the condition report. Viewing in person is strongly advised.



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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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