1 December 2010
EARLY 20TH CENTURY, OIL ON ZINC PLATE, MAKER'S MARK OF VICTOR ARNE IN CYRILLIC,MARK OF KARL FABERGÉ IN CYRILLIC, MOSCOW, HAND-WRITTEN DATE ON INTERNAL BACKING PLATE 21 FEBRUARY, 1904
OIL ON ZINC PLATE, 5. 8 by 4.6 cm (without suspension clasp)
This small oval icon is set in a silver frame with a painted depiction of Our Lord Pantocrator. The image is painted in oils on a zinc plate and executed in a realistic manner. Within the oval silver frame are alternating segments inlaid with garnets and opals in cabochon settings. The filigree decoration on the frame is in the ‘Byzantine’ style. Manufacture of objects in this style was an individual line pursued by master craftsmen at the firm of K. Faberge at the beginning of the 20th century.
A gold Panagia icon of the Theotokos in a similar style is in the Metropolitan museum (USA).
Notes on symbols:
* Indicates 5% Import Duty Charge applies.
Ω Indicates 20% Import Duty Charge applies.
§ Indicates Artist's Resale Right applies.
† Indicates Standard VAT scheme applies, and the rate of 20% VAT will be charged on both hammer price and premium.