Saints go marching in Jasper52 icons auction Sept. 19


‘Entry of Christ in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday,’ Russian, 1890-1940, 32 x 27 cm. Estimate: $3,500-$4,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – The lives of Christ, his apostles and many Eastern Orthodox saints are celebrated in a collection of religious icons that will be sold in a Jasper52 auction on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Jesus Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday is depicted in a Russian icon (above), circa 1890-1940, which is expected to achieve a $3,500-$4,000 bid.

St. Katherina with St. Ioannis are pictured together (below) in a late 19th-century icon that is hand-painted on gold sheet. This rare icon measuring 20 by 16 inches has a $18,000-$22,000 estimate.


St. Katherina with St. Ioannis of Prodromos, late 19th century, hand-painted wooden panel, 50 x 40 cm. Estimate: $18,000-$22,000. Jasper52 image

A classic 19th-century icon titled Appearance of the Mother of God to the Venerable Sergius Radonezh” in silver oklad has a $3,500-$4,000 estimate.


‘Appearance of the mother of God to the Venerable Sergius Radonezh,’ silver oklad, 23 x 30.5 cm, 19th century. Estimate: $3,500-$4,000. Jasper52 image

St. Mary is also the subject of a 19th-century Russian icon titled Dormition, which depicts her death. The tempera on wooden board has a $5,500-$7,000 estimate.


‘Dormition’ Russian icon, tempera on wooden board, 35.5 x 30.5 cm, Moscow-Palech, 19th century. Estimate: $5,500-$7,000. Jasper52 image

The earliest icon in the auction is a 16th-century depiction of the Resurrection of Christ (est. $10,000-$12,000).


‘Resurrection,’ 26 x 32 cm, 16th century. Estimate: $10,000-$12,000. Jasper52 image

A multitude of saints is pictured on a 10½-by-12½ calendar icon for the month of October (est. $5,000-$6,000).


Calendar icon for October, 19th century, 26 x 31 cm. Estimate: $5,000-$6,000. Jasper52 image

Arising from all reaches of the European Orthodox world are icons that carry rich histories and intricate religious symbolism. Depicting Gospel scenes and the lives of saints, these ornate paintings on wooden canvases and brass sand-castings remain faithful to the stories of Christ, the Virgin Mary and countless more.