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    Sale 7542

    Icons and Artefacts from the Orthodox World

    26 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 22

    THE TRANSFIGURATION OF CHRIST

    DATED: MAY 1883, THE OKLAD AND DEDICATION WITH MARKS OF IVAN FEDOROV ANDREEV, 1883-1896

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    THE TRANSFIGURATION OF CHRIST
    DATED: MAY 1883, THE OKLAD AND DEDICATION WITH MARKS OF IVAN FEDOROV ANDREEV, 1883-1896
    Christ on the summit of Mount Tabor, wearing a white, shimmering himation, golden light radiating from his body, the half figures of Prophet Elijah and the Patriarch Moses appearing from the clouds, holding a scroll and the Tablets of the Law respectively, in the earthly realm the three Apostles represented at the foot of the mountain, to the left John and Jacob asleep, to the right Peter kneeling on one leg and looking upwards in bewilderment, a piece of rock-relic from Mount Tabor encased in the panel, the celestial plane rendered with pastel and bright colours, distinctively contrasting with the deeper shades employed for depicting the solid, terrestrial landscape and human figures, the icon supplemented by a silver - gilt oklad, the spandrels with enamel decoration, the title of the represented event written in Greek in champlevé enamel on the applied plaque at the lower border of the icon, the reverse bearing a silver plate inscribed with the dedication in Greek in blue champlevé enamel
    14 x 12 3/16 in. (35.5 x 31 cm)


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    Saleroom Notice

    The silver gilt oklad and the dedication on the back of the icon marked by Ivan Fedorov Andreev, 1883-1896


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE FOLLOWING LOT WAS THE PROPERTY OF THE TSAR ALEXANDER III AND HIS WIFE, THE TSARINA MARIA FEODOROVNA. IT WAS SPECIALLY COMMISSIONED AND DONATED TO THEM BY THE ARCHBISHOP OF MOUNT TABOR ON THE DAY OF THEIR CORONATION.