313IKONE MIT DER GOTTESMUTTER ACHTYRSKAJA (VON ACHTYRKA) MIT VERMEI Auction: 84-II
Russland, Moskau, 1752-1771 (Oklad)
IKONE MIT DER GOTTESMUTTER ACHTYRSKAJA (VON ACHTYRKA) MIT VERMEI
Eitempera auf Kreidegrund auf Holz
AN ICON OF THE AKHTYRSKAYA MOTHER OF GOD WITH SILVER-GILT OKLAD Russian, Moscow, 1752-1771 (oklad) Tempera on wood panel. Here the Mother of God is shown praying before a miniature crucified Christ. The lower margin inscribed, 'The true representation and measure of the Akhtuirskaya icon of the Mother of God, which appeared in the year 1739, month of July, the 2nd Day.' The original icon appeared on July 2, 1739, when the priest Danill Vasiliev found it in the grass while mowing with a scythe. In 1751, the icon was declared miraculous by the Holy Synod and soon after Empress Elizabeth donated money to help erect a church to house the icon, which accounts for the addition of the Imperial Double-Headed Eagle incorporated into the lower margin. The entire image overlaid with a silver-gilt, repoussé and chased oklad decorated with rocailles and foliage. The oklad punched '26 zolotniki', the halo marked with city hallmark and assayer's mark 'MG' in Cyrillic. The halo minimally damaged. A modern icon added. 33 x 27.3 cm.