×
Log In
lots of lots
Lot 0166F
Eastern Europe, Greece, ca. 1777 CE. A truly striking painted wood icon of the sarcophagus of Saint Spyridon. The sarcophagus occupies the center of the image and two angels flank it, one facing forward, the other looking back. The sarcophagus is upright, with the saint's mummified remains visible within behind glass panels. The sarcophagus itself is depicted in its real location, in St. Spyridon's Church on Corfu Island off the Albanian coast. Wonderful details complete the scene: the heavy red curtains, drawn back to reveal it; the altar rail, painted as if made of white stone; the tiled floor and the red and gold frame around the sarcophagus. The background - the wall of the church - is brightly gilded. Size: 16.55" W x 23.45" H (42 cm x 59.6 cm).

Around the sarcophagus are handwritten inscriptions in Italian - "Reliquary of St. Spyridon" - and in Greek - "By the hand of Spyridon, Sperantsa, 1770". It may have been painted in Venice.

St. Spyridon (ca. 270 to 348 CE) was the Bishop of Trimythous and is renowned as a miracle worker who took part in the Council of Nicaea (325 CE). When Cyprus was invaded in the Middle Ages, Spyridon's body was disinterred and found to be incorrupt, a confirmation of his sanctity. The body was taken to Constantinople and kept there until 1453, when that city fell to the Ottomans, and his relics were once gain moved, this time to their current resting place on Corfu.

Provenance: private Ventura County, California, USA collection, purchased in Pasadena, California, USA before 2000

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#121478

Condition

The piece is made of three panels; one of the panels has separated from the other due to the wood shrinking with age. However, back slats are present and hold the panels together.

Starting Bid

$2,000.00

Buyer's Premium

  • 24.5%

18th C. Greek Wood Icon of St. Spyridon & Sarcophagus

Auction ended on Thu, Mar 15, 2018
|
Estimate $4,000 - $6,000
|Sell a Similar Item
Interested in this item?Save to 'Saved Items' to access later.
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
Ask a Question|
Artemis Gallery