Museum Russian mid-16C Antique Icon Saint Nicholas of Myra in Gilt Silver Oklad For Sale
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Museum Russian mid-16C Antique Icon Saint Nicholas of Myra in Gilt Silver Oklad:
This scarce depiction of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker was painted in Moscow in third quarter of 16th century (not later than 1590); mercury gilt silver oklad was produced presumably in late 17th century in Kiev. As a reference I was able to find exactly matching Nicolas depiction presented in German museum of Icons, Recklinghausen (catalog #156).
“Shoulder images of St. Nicholas with selected saints in the fields are known among the monuments of the Rostov circle since the 15th century. This may indicate the existence of some Icon venerated in the 15th century in the Rostov lands, the legends about which have been lost, but the repetitions of which have survived. Perhaps, with the appearance and spread of this image, the emergence of another image of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. All surviving icons of this iconography belong to the second half of the 16th century. All of them are close not only iconographically, but also stylistically. St. Nicholas is depicted on the shoulder, so that only a white omophorion with dark crosses and a small triangular collar fragment decorated with precious stones are visible. The face is large with a high and wide forehead, large eyes, a thin long nose and a small mouth. Typologically, the structure of the face goes back to the Moscow monuments of the first half of the 16th century; Probably, at this time, this iconography spreads, going back to a group of similar icons of the saint, which have spread since the end of the 15th century, mainly in the Rostov lands, possibly being a repetition of the miraculous image that has not survived. We find a similar image among the portraits in the Iconographic original of the Siysk Monastery of the 16th century. (Pokrovsky, 1898. fol. 12). It is interesting that outside the XVI century. such images were not widespread, but in the 19th century, especially among the Old Believers, their popularity was growing.” (Nechaeva Tatiana Nikitichna - Head of the Department of the Central Museum of Ancient Russian Culture and Art named after Andrey Rublev)
This Icon is true gem for museum not to mention private collecting.
100% original 16th century being sold with our strong extended guarantee. Quite a similar icon could be hardly seen in very few museums and maybe in one or two very important private collection! Here is truly unique chance for serious collector, museum or investor to acquire something really Important.
Wooden panel + silver oklad is 19,8 cm x15,3cm class="paragraph" style="text-align: center; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; vertical-align: baseline;">Please study good resolution images for overallcosmetic condition and request more pics if needed.
Weight of oklad only is 113 gram, overall 309 gram; to measuresome1kg packed for shipment.Shipping
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