OIL ON CANVAS PORTRAITS
Great pair of bust portraits , each oil on canvas 10″ x 8″ sight in original gilded deep frames with several gold-paint overcoats.
Circa 1850, unknown sitter(s); either:
a) father & son, or
b) as young/ old man.
Young man’s uniform appears to be early 1800s. But frames not that old, hence b) more likely.
RUSSIAN ICON 1
Hand-painted over engraved gesso on solid wood panel 7/8″ thick, 12″ x 10″. St.Peter and St.Paul (worn name panels); St. Peter holds keys to the Kingdom, St. Paul holds Book of the Gospels. Rescued from Lithuania 1995.
Moscow school c.1850; back keepers long lost.
In neo-Russian style, incised & painted to simulate enameling.
RUSSIAN ICON 2
Russian icon c. 1850, academic Moscow school, on solid Pallisandr wood block, size 14″ x 10.5″ x 1.5″ thick.
Guardian angel holds a cross and a sword, atop stylized clouds. Left side shows life and death of a pious man, right side shows life and death of a desolate man.
Rescued from Lithuania 1995, professionally conserved 1997.
RUSSIAN ICON 3
Russian orthodox icon c. 1820; centre shows the Resurrection & Descent of Christ, bordered by the 12 great Church Feasts.
Hand-painted on gesso over wood block (curved with age, but not cracked), 14″ x 12″ x 1+” thick.
Keepers lost decades ago; reverse with scratched Cyrillic inscription. Enlarge photo 2 to read.
RUSSIAN ICON 4
THE LIFE & ASCENT OF PROPHET ELIJA IN HIS FIERY CHARIOT TO HEAVEN. ELISHA (CENTRE RIGHT) STAYS BEHIND.
Hand-painted over gesso and gilt on wood block (kept from curving by inset keepers in top & bottom slots); size 7 ” x 6″ x 1″ thick, with good oxidation to all unpainted surfaces
Condition good for its age; photos show age cracks to surface; remember how small this icon is !
Bronze figure, lady reading a book. Original light brown patina, great detail ! 13″ high on 4.5″ diam. marble base, 14.25″ overall. Original, not a modern reproduction ! Exquisite detail (see dress).
ART DECO SPELTER DANCER
Cold-painted spelter Art Deco figure of dancer “en pointe” in fancy dress, wearing fancy headdress, 11″ tall including shellacked marble base 4.5″ diameter.
Embossed under left hem of dress “Pat.Pending 1930″
Minor wear to nose tip reveals pewter. Unmarked; probably Austrian.
BRONZED SPELTER NUDE FIGURE
Fabulous bronzed spelter nude figurine of beautiful lady in an elegant pose, cupping a tiny bird in her hands.
18.75″ high on 1.5″ black granite base, dark brown-green patina.
Plinth stamped “CLH”, likely Irish architect & sculptor Charles Lloyd Harrison (1857-1913).
J. RUHL ART DECO FIGURINE
Cold-painted cast spelter Art Deco figure of Tom Sawyer, with simulated ivory face but pewter, 6.5″ high on 2″ turned alabaster base.
Figure impressed at back J.Ruhl, thus Austrian. Bottom of base engraved “Made in Italy 853″
Paint flakes, but substantially good condition.
BRONZE FIGURINE SHEVCHENKO
Cast bronze sculpture of Taras Hryhorovych Shevchenko figure, famous Ukrainian poet (1814-1861). This 12″ high figure c. 1925 is a model from the famous statue in Lviv.
Facsimile in-mold signature in Cyrillic to front plinth.
2014 was the 200th anniversary of his birth !
BRONZE FIGURINE ARANY JANOS
Cast bronze sculpture bust of Arany Janos, famous Hungarian poet (1817-1882). This 7″ high bronze c. 1910 has fine, beautiful detail with original dark brown patina.
Sits on marble base 4.25″ high, 11.25″ overall.
Not signed, unfortunately.