• Galerie Popoff: An Enduring Pa auction at Christies

    Sale 7677

    Galerie Popoff: An Enduring Passion for Russian Art

    12 - 13 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 367

    A jewelled parcel-gilt icon of the Intercessor of Lost Souls Mother of God

    UNRECORDED CYRILLIC MAKER'S MARK AF, MOSCOW, 18...?

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    A jewelled parcel-gilt icon of the Intercessor of Lost Souls Mother of God
    Unrecorded Cyrillic maker's mark AF, Moscow, 18...?
    Rectangular, traditionally painted with the Mother of God with a child, the pierced oklad applied with two paste stones, the mantel of the Virgin engraved with floral pattern, chased and embossed with stylized foliate borders and with engraved Russian inscriptions in four corners, wooden back with Russian inscription, marked on lower rim
    3¾ x 7 in. (22.2 x 17.8 cm.)


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    The Russian inscription on the back (which is translated into French on the attached paper label) reads:
    'This icon was used by a father to bless his sons in 1849 before he left for war - the Hungarian revolt against Austria - which Tsar Nicholas helped supress. The icon was used for a second time in 1878 to once again bless his sons when he left for the Russo-Turkish War during the reign of Alexander II'.

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