11 June 2007
ST. BASIL THE GREAT WITH SCENES OF HIS LIFE
MELCHITE, 18TH CENTURY
The elderly Church Father represented seated, his pensive face framed by his hair and long beard, rendered in detail, with a mitre and a halo, wearing episcopal vestments embellished with flowers, the gilded throne carved with opulent foliate scrolls, against a domed interior, the main panel supplemented by ten roundels, each depicting an episode from the life of the saint St. Basil icon: 27 5/8 x 20½ in. (70.25 x 52 cm) (11)
Purchased by the present owner from the Khalil John Sarkis Museum in Beirut, on 18 October 1963.
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The lot is accompanied by the documents of acquisition by the present owner, 18 October 1963.
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