We are extremely excited to announce the first of a series of sales of Fine Russian Art & Antiques from the renowned London Gallery - Iconastas.
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.
The first auction of a series of sales of Iconastas stock comprises just over one hundred lots, including icons dating from the 14th to 20th centuries, soviet porcelain, works of art and propaganda, and will also feature 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 the first sale include 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 in this sale bear labels and inventory numbers for the State Tretyakov Gallery.
A Large Icon of the Mother of God - From The George R Hann Collection
An Icon of the Dormition of the Mother of God - From The George R Hann Collection
Many of the lots in the sale have been photographed alongside a selection of textiles inspired by Russian, Central Asian and Eastern designs, which have been provided by Nathalie Farman-Farma of the design studio Décors Barbares. As well as lending vibrant accents to the catalogue, the colours and designs echo those in the pieces themselves, showing not only that the decorative techniques are still in use today, but also that works of such distinguished heritage can be blended seamlessly into a modern decorative setting.
A pair of carved and pierced giltwood Royal doors
An icon of the Dormition of the Mother of God
A large icon of St. John the Forerunner
An icon of St. Francis of Assisi
A brass clad wooden box
An icon of the Mother of God of Tenderness
A chip-carved wooden wall-hanging cabinet
An icon of St. Roman Ryazansky
A large icon of the Mother of God
A Russian Soviet faience figure by Iosif Chaikov (Russian, 1888-1979)
A Soviet propaganda textile
A large hagiographical icon of St. Barbara
The Deisis on three panels
An icon of the Mother of God with the Playful Child
The sale will be on view at Sworders’ London Gallery from 25 – 30 November in conjunction with Russian Art Week, with the auction held live at the Stansted Mountfitchet Auction Rooms from 2pm on Wednesday 1 December.
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Registration for bidding closes at 2pm on Monday 29 November