1 December 2011
END OF THE 19TH CENTURY, OKLAD STAMPED WITH MAKER'S MARK OF ALEXEI OVCHINNIKOV IN CYRILLIC, MOSCOW, 84 STANDARD
13.5 by 11.5 cm.
A brilliant and rarely encountered example of a precious pyadnichny (“hand’s-breadth size”) icon combining all the virtuoso techniques from the workshop of the renowned Master Jeweller and Supplier to the Imperial Household, A. Ovchinnikov.
The filigree open-work patterning of the background is filled completely with light blue enamel against which the saint’s freshwater pearl-embroidered robe and the silver cross in his left hand are shown to great effect. The borders of the oklad are ornamented with plant designs in a pronounced variety of colours, which resonate with the enamelled halo of the great martyr.
The icon was certainly commissioned as an expensive gift and is a fine example of virtuoso work by a firm of jewellers known throughout Russia.
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.