An icon of the Tikhvin Mother of God,
18th century, with four saints on the borders,
tempera on wood
32 x 26cm
Provenance: Iconastas, Piccadilly Arcade, St James's, London, W1.
According to tradition, the prototype of this icon appeared miraculously at Tikhvin in 1383, a church being built upon this spot. During the 17th century, the icon was considered to have protected the town from attack by the Swedes, and from that time onwards, it has been held in great veneration. The Tikhvin Virgin is a variant upon the older Byzantine Hodegetria Virgin. Thus the Christ child is no longer shown frontally, but from three-quarters, His body turned towards His mother, His right hand raised in benediction rather than ceremoniously outstretched. Most surviving Tichivin icons are perhaps reflecting a revival of the cult of this icon in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Тихвинская икона «Богородица»
XVIII в., четыре святого на полях
32 х 26см
Происхождение: Иконастас, Аркада Пикадилли, Сент-Джеймс, Лондон, W1
По традиции, прототип этой иконы чудесно появился в 1383ом году в Тихвине, где строили церковь. В XVII веке считали, что икона защищала город от нападения шведов. С тех пор, относились к ней с большим почтением. Тихвинская Богородица является вариантом более старой византийской Одигитрии. Поэтому младенец Иисус не больше изображается лицом вперёд, но в повороте, обращаясь телом к матери, поднимая правую руку в благословении, а не церемонно протягивая её. Большинство сохранившихся тихвинских икон, возможно, отражает возрождение культа этой иконы в конце XVIII и начале XIX веков.
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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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