• Russian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2308

    Russian Art

    23 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 154

    A Carved Ivory Icon of the Resurrection**

    RUSSIA, LAST QUARTER OF THE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A Carved Ivory Icon of the Resurrection**
    Russia, last quarter of the 18th century
    Rectangular, the central panel depicting the Resurrection of Christ, surrounded by panels depicting the Twelve Great Feasts of Orthodoxy, all within beaded borders, scrolling foliage and flowerheads, on a silk-lined wood panel
    17 in. (43.2 cm.) high; 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm.) wide


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    This icon, showing Christ floating above His open tomb, reflects the influence, starting in the late 18th century, of Western (Catholic) portrayals of the Resurrection.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Provenance

    Laurence A. Steinhardt, United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union, acquired during his tenure 1939-1941.
    By descent through the family.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF THE STEINHARDT-SHERLOCK TRUST


    Literature

    W. Salmond, exhibition catalogue, Tradition in Transition: Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs, Washington, D.C., Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 2004, illustrated p. 35, No. 6 and p. 41, pl. 5.


    Exhibited

    Washington, D.C., Hillwood Museum and Gardens, Tradition in Transition: Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs, June 1 to December 31, 2004.