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1890 Imperial Russian Bogoroditsa Icon Silver Riza by Sbitnev
  • 1890 Imperial Russian Bogoroditsa Icon Silver Riza by Sbitnev
  • 1890 Imperial Russian Bogoroditsa Icon Silver Riza by Sbitnev
  • 1890 Imperial Russian Bogoroditsa Icon Silver Riza by Sbitnev
  • 1890 Imperial Russian Bogoroditsa Icon Silver Riza by Sbitnev
  • 1890 Imperial Russian Bogoroditsa Icon Silver Riza by Sbitnev
  • 1890 Imperial Russian Bogoroditsa Icon Silver Riza by Sbitnev
  • 1890 Imperial Russian Bogoroditsa Icon Silver Riza by Sbitnev
  • 1890 Imperial Russian Bogoroditsa Icon Silver Riza by Sbitnev
  • 1890 Imperial Russian Bogoroditsa Icon Silver Riza by Sbitnev
  • 1890 Imperial Russian Bogoroditsa Icon Silver Riza by Sbitnev
  • 1890 Imperial Russian Bogoroditsa Icon Silver Riza by Sbitnev
  • 1890 Imperial Russian Bogoroditsa Icon Silver Riza by Sbitnev
  • 1890 Imperial Russian Bogoroditsa Icon Silver Riza by Sbitnev

1890 Imperial Russian Bogoroditsa Icon Silver Riza by Sbitnev

Price:

£3,500.00


Product Description

A really fine quality original ‘Late Period’ Imperial Russian religious icon of the Madonna and Child, which comes with its highly decorative hallmarked silver Riza cover.

The traditional ‘Mother of God’ Russian icon, called the ‘Bogoroditsa’ is painted on a carefully prepared wooden panel. It shows the Virgin Mary holding the Baby Jesus. Unusually, there is an Orthodox bishop included in the bottom left, which may give a clue as to the original owner. The painting has an illuminated look, with plenty of rich red and gold. The faces are beautifully detailed and understated, which contrasts nicely with the surrounding picture. Baby Jesus has the initials IC XC representing ‘Iesous Khristos’, whilst Mary has MP ΘΥ ‘Meter Theou’ (Mother of God).

The painting is covered by a silver and gilt cover, called a Riza. The Riza has been made to mimic the details of the painting and superimposes layers of silver metal in order to give the picture a 3-dimensional effect. The silver has cut-outs that match the faces and hands of the 3 characters. Because of this the picture displays more ageing and wear on the faces, which have had contact with the light. The Riza is hallmarked with the Imperial Russian St George slaying the dragon city stamp for pre 1895 Moscow silver. It also has the Russian Assay mark for Lev Fridrikhovitch Oleks and dated 1890. This puts the icon in what is referred to as the Late Period (1850 – 1917). There are two different Maker’s marks. One on the edge of the frame is an uncatalogued maker, whereas on the halo of Baby Jesus is the mark of the famous silversmith Grigory Sbitnev. There are also a couple of very small old French Assay marks, confirming the age.

The icon was purchased in France. The condition is very good, apart from a small hairline crack on the Virgin’s face. The underside of the silver Riza has had green baize stuck on the ridges, in order to protect the painting. The wood panel has 2 strengthening slats in order to prevent any warping of the wood.

The icon most collectors are familiar with is a religious image painted on a wood panel which developed about the time of Christ. Russia converted to Christianity about 1000 AD and adopted the Orthodox Eastern style of painting icons. Russian icon imagery became a standard visual language that everyone, including the peasants, understood. The popularity of icons has engendered a large market of modern reproductions, a lot of which are aged and distressed in order to fool collectors. It is nice to occasionally find good originals.

Size: 24.5 x 30.5 x 3 cm (9 5/8 x 12 x 1 1/8 inches)
Weight: 1257 g

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