NEW YORK – Arising from all reaches of the European Orthodox world are icons that carry rich histories and intricate religious symbolism. More than 200 objects from this category are being offered in a Jasper52 online auction on Ash Wednesday, March 6. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.
Featured in the auction is a monumental 19th-century Russian icon of what’s know as the Three Handed Virgin Mary (above). Hand-painted on a wood panel with egg tempera, gesso, levkas and gold leaf, the icon measures 37 by 30 inches. It carries a $9,000-$11,000 estimate.
A smaller icon titled St. Mary of Egypt in Vita (below) pictures the Blessed Virgin and scenes of important events in her life (est. $5,000-$6,000).
An 18th-century Russian depicting the Dormition of St. Mary is hand-painted with egg tempera, gesso and levkas on a wood panel. The silver oklad is a 19th-century addition (est. $4,500-$5,500).
Several dozen saints are pictured on a 19th-century calendar icon for the month of July. The 12.4-by-14.2-inch icon has a $4,000-$5,000 estimate.
The Christogram “IHS,” a monogram symbolizing Jesus Christ, is engraved on a traditional Gothic chalice cup and paten. The pristine set is marked “sterling silver” and has a two-tone gold and silver finish (est. $7,000-$8,000).
Dating to the 1920s is a beautiful stained glass window depicting the Crucifixion of Christ. The two-piece window is in very nice original condition (est. $6,000-$7,000).
Scores of other icons in the Jasper52 auction depict scenes and the lives of saints that remain central to the global Eastern Orthodox tradition.
The Jasper52 auction of religious icons will be held Wednesday, March 6, starting at 6 p.m. Eastern time.