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Old Antique Russian Icon Alt Antike Russische Ikone Icone Icona Ikona Rare Cross For Sale
Are pleased to announce the re launching of the web site for antique icons & present the following Russian Icon for sale.
14 inch x 7 inch x 5/8ths (35.5cm x 18cm x 1.8cm )
Tempera over silver with traces of gold highlights
In totally original condition with no restorations of any kind.
Most later crosses from the late 19thC conform to the bronze equivalents & show angels in the upper region & the walls of Jerusalem either side of the foot-brace. These are absent on this early cross as are the angels on the 18thC cross on my web site.
Opportunities to acquire a cross such as this in original condition are very few & far between.
You can of course pay 1000-2500 euro (1300+ USD) & buy a later example that may have been restored, but personally I feel a cross should exhibit signs that it is indeed over 200 years old.
As an introduction to my web site I am listing other icons on US, UK, German & Italian .
Many more icons on www.russianlocator.com
With over 20 years experience in handling, & supplying icons to many major galleries throughout the world
you can be sure that the description given is as accurate as possible of an authentic icon & fully guaranteed as such.
I have noticed many fakes appearing not only on but even in sale houses & being passed as genuine antique icons. In particular silver icons with the date 1890 & makers mark AC. 99% of these are fake.
The other icons to watch out for are 'baked' to create false crquelure 'cracking' of the paints surface. The effect is a very uniform & regular pattern not obtained on a genuine aged icon. New paintings on old boards are also very much in existance. I will be happy to give an opinion on any icon.
At the top is the Lord God Sabaoth . In the corners are the sun and the moon.
The crucified Christ occupies the centre. .
Below the Cross the rocky hill of Golgotha with a cave in which we see the skull of Adam.
The icon's composition is both a description of the historical event and a cosmological symbol depicting higher, lower and intermediary worlds. The slanted bottom bar is the foot-brace. In prayers for the Ninth Hour, the Orthodox Church likens the Cross to a type of balance of righteousness: "Between two thieves Thy Cross did prove to be a balance of righteousness: wherefore one of them was dragged down to Hades by the weight of his blasphemy [the balance points downward], whereas the other was lightened of his transgressions unto the comprehension of theology [the balance points upward]. O Christ God, glory to Thee."
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Old Antique Russian Icon Alt Antike Russische Ikone Icone Icona Ikona Rare Cross: $455