NEW YORK – Icons, conventional religious images hand-painted on small wooden panels and used in the devotions of Eastern Christians, are well represented in a Jasper52 online auction on the second day of Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 26. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Starting at the top, a 19th-century icon of Christ the Almighty, protected in oklad, measures 9 by 10.8 inches and has a $2,000-$2,500 estimate (above).
A larger icon in the collection depicts Our Lady and Saints, Helpers in Sickness and Calamity. This 19th-century Russian medical icon carries a $3,500-$4,000 estimate (below).
Images of St. George slaying the dragon and the resurrection of Lazarus from the dead grace an icon from the 17th or 18th century. This colorful icon also has a $3,500-$4,000 estimate.
Sergiy Radonezh was a spiritual leader and monastic reformer of medieval Russia. He is one of the Russian Orthodox Church’s most highly venerated saints. A 19th-century icon titled Appearance of the Mother of God to the Venerable Sergiy Radonezh is a highlight of the auction (est. $4,000-$4,300).
The prophet Elijah is commemorated as a saint in Western Christianity as well as the Eastern Orthodox Church. He is greatly revered among the Orthodox as a model of the contemplative life. An icon titled ‘Saint Prophet Elijah in the Wilderness’ dates to the 18th or 19th century and shows customary wear (est. $2,500-$3,000).
Carrying the highest estimate at $6,000-$7,000 is Resurrection, an icon from the 16th or 17th century that measures 12 by 14.2 inches.
These and scores more Russian icons are offered in the Jasper52 auction that will begin Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 4 p.m. Eastern time.