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The Russian Sale

The Russian Sale auction features fine samples of Russian ancient art:
Painted Icons, Lacquered Papier-Maché Boxes, Bronze Icons and fine Silver Objects.

In detail:

Lot 1-41: An important collection of painted icons, from 16th to 19th century. The icons belong to the most important Russian painting schools: Stroganov, Moscow, Yaroslavl, Saint Petersburg, Palekh, Mstera.

Lot 42-79: A fine collection of Lacquered Papier-Maché Boxes from 19th and 20th century.
The tradition of Lacquered Boxes was born in far Asia, homeland of the tree producing lacquer (Rhus verniciflua); Russia is the country where this technique has developed at its best, into an art with a long historical tradition in many important centers: Palekh, M'stera, Fedoskino and Choluj.
The most usual subjects painted on the Russian boxes are often taken from ancient tales and traditions, greatly developed in the country.

Lot 80-116: A collection of broaches, pendants, travel folding icons and religious items in bronze, variously decorated and enamel-coated.
Despite being known since the Byzantine time in the form of baptismal crosses, icons and other religious items in Bronze obtained a specific and wide diffusion in Russian due to the contribution of the community of the Old Believers. In XVII century they caused a schism with the Ortodox Church (raskol), in their opinion too corrupted and tied with the Czar, claiming themselves as keepers of the original ancient faith and tradition.The Old Believers, usually wealthy, founded monasteries where the production of Bronze Icons, modeled following the Church standards, reached lofty levels.

Lot 117-125: Fine Silver Objects from 18th to 20th century.

Starting bid :
10

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