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    Sale 2162

    Russian Art

    24 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 71

    The Resurrection with a Silver-Gilt Oklad

    APPARENTLY UNMARKED, PROBABLY ST. PETERSBURG, LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

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    The Resurrection with a Silver-Gilt Oklad
    Apparently unmarked, probably St. Petersburg, last quarter 18th century
    The oklad repoussé and chased with the risen Christ ascending in glory above Roman soldiers, flanked by an angel and the Myrrh-Bearing Women, the reverse inscribed in Russian, 'This icon was presented by Her Imperial Highness Catherine II on the day of betrothal of chamber-maid Maria Petrovna Petrova and the Groom of the Chamber Sisoi Fedorovich Smirnitsin as a wedding blessing in July of the year 178? on the 3rd day The betrothal took place in the Grand Church of the Winter Palace To Aleksei Petrovich Nikitin...', apparently unmarked
    10¼ in. (26 cm.) high, 12 in. (30.5 cm.) wide


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    The Grand Church of the Winter Palace, located in the in the eastern wing of the palace, was the church of the Imperial Court. Members of the Imperial family born in St. Petersburg were to be baptized in the church and the coming of age of all Royal persons was celebrated there.
    Designed by Francesco Rastrelli, the church was consecrated in 1763 in the name of the Not-Made-by-Hand Image of Our Savior, and was one of the final parts of the palace to be completed. Following the disastrous fire of 1837, the church was reconstructed under the guidance of Vasilii Stasov. In 1918, the Cathedral was officially closed for worship and is now used as an unconsecrated exhibition hall of the State Hermitage Museum.

    Provenance

    Purchased N. Bloom & Son, London, early 1970s.