Jasper52 auction Nov. 6 brings forth religious icons in time for holy season
NEW YORK – Arising from the Russian and Ukranian Orthodox worlds are icons – conventional religious images typically hand-painted on small wooden panels and framed with metal sand castings. Jasper52 will auction a fine collection of 27 antique religious icons on Sunday, Nov. 6. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.com.
These icons carry rich histories and intricate religious symbolism. Often portraits or of scenes from the Bible, these ornate paintings remain faithful to the stories of Christ, the Virgin Mary and the saints.
The auction will culminate with a Russian icon of Christ Pantocrator (above) done in egg tempera and zinc on wood with silver basma (Mascow hallmark). Dating to the 1890s, the 7 3/4-by-10-inch icon has a $1,200-$1,500 estimate.
Arriving for the holiday season is an icon of St. Nicholas of Myra (below). Done in egg tempera and gesso with brass oklad, this provincial central Russia icon dates to the 1880s.
Another icon from central Russia depicts St. Elena and St. Constantine presenting the presenting the True Cross. Dating to the 1860s, it is done in egg tempera, gold leaf and gesso.
An icon titled Savior of Smolensk shows Christ with his right hand raised in a blessing gesture and his left hand holding a Gospel book. Flanking Him are the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist; kneeling in prayer at His feet, are St. Sergius of Radonezh and the Venerable Barlaam of Khutyn.
Our Lady of Kazan, aka Kazanskay Mother of God, was a holy icon of the highest stature within the Russian Orthodox Church, representing the Virgin Mary as the protector and patroness of the city of Kazan and all of Russia. This fine example done in egg tempera and gesso with silvered oklad dates to the 1880s.
Bidding on all lots begins at $1. Many items in this sale have no reserve and will sell to the high bidder no matter the price. Lots having a reserve are noted in the auction catalog.