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19th C. Russian Icon w/ Riza - Joy of All Who Suffer
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**Originally Listed At $400**

Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. early 19th century CE. Finely painted in egg tempera on gesso atop wood, an icon depicting the Virgin Mary standing amongst a gathering of suffering worshippers pleading for her divine intercession. Four angelic figures stand with those beseeching the blessed Virgin, helping to amplify their pleas. Mary stands in the center of a large room, a large hooded vestment flowing across her body, with outstretched arms ready to bestow holy blessings upon those who ask. Twelve coins with individual Cyrillic letters float around her, and an image of her son Jesus Christ hovers above. A beautiful brass riza covers the obverse face, its repousse details showcasing the bodies of the worshippers, the angelic wings, Mary's clothing and a stunning nimbus around her head, and the aforementioned floating coins. The exterior border is covered in dense leafy designs, with each corner segregated. Size: 10.5" W x 12.25" H (26.7 cm x 31.1 cm).

A story tells that after a St. Petersburg fire in 1888, an icon bearing the image of "The Joy of All Who Suffer" was not only intact, but Mary's face had been untouched. Twelve coins from the offering box had stuck themselves to the icon, thus giving meaning to the coins surrounding Mary's depiction; a new feast on August 5th commemorates this miracle. The title of this piece comes from a miracle-working icon known by the same name "The Joy of All Who Sorrow" (sometimes "The Joy of All Who Suffer").

The icon that served as inspiration for this example was first believed to create a miracle in the year 1688. A woman named Evfimiya, who was the sister of Patriarch Loachim, suffered from an incurable disease. One day as she was praying, Evfimiya heard a voice who proclaimed, “Evfimiya! Go to the Church of the Transfiguration of my son." There is the image called “Joy of All Who Suffer” at the church in Moscow where Evfimiy lived. She listened and followed the instructions of the mysterious voice and soon was cured.

The oklad (also spelled oclad) or riza, sometimes referred to as a revetment in English, is a metal cover, in this case silver, that not only protects the icon, but also serves to honor or venerate the figure(s) depicted on the icon. Oklads are usually adorned with repousse work and pierced to reveal elements of the underlying painting. This artisan truly knew how to bring silver to life in a manner that both complements and uplifts the painted image.

Provenance: private Ventura County, California, USA collection

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#122493
Condition
Icon has age-commensurate surface wear and chips along the peripheries as shown. Fading and discoloration to painted details, with some abrasions and deposits throughout. Riza has bending to corners, interior details, and overall form, light discoloration and tarnishing, and fading to details throughout. Verso of icon has old inventory sticker and a small loss to one back slat.
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19th C. Russian Icon w/ Riza - Joy of All Who Suffer

Estimate $550 - $825
May 31, 2019
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0548: 19th C. Russian Icon w/ Riza - Joy of All Who Suffer

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Est. $550 - $825Starting Price $275
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**Originally Listed At $400**

Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. early 19th century CE. Finely painted in egg tempera on gesso atop wood, an icon depicting the Virgin Mary standing amongst a gathering of suffering worshippers pleading for her divine intercession. Four angelic figures stand with those beseeching the blessed Virgin, helping to amplify their pleas. Mary stands in the center of a large room, a large hooded vestment flowing across her body, with outstretched arms ready to bestow holy blessings upon those who ask. Twelve coins with individual Cyrillic letters float around her, and an image of her son Jesus Christ hovers above. A beautiful brass riza covers the obverse face, its repousse details showcasing the bodies of the worshippers, the angelic wings, Mary's clothing and a stunning nimbus around her head, and the aforementioned floating coins. The exterior border is covered in dense leafy designs, with each corner segregated. Size: 10.5" W x 12.25" H (26.7 cm x 31.1 cm).

A story tells that after a St. Petersburg fire in 1888, an icon bearing the image of "The Joy of All Who Suffer" was not only intact, but Mary's face had been untouched. Twelve coins from the offering box had stuck themselves to the icon, thus giving meaning to the coins surrounding Mary's depiction; a new feast on August 5th commemorates this miracle. The title of this piece comes from a miracle-working icon known by the same name "The Joy of All Who Sorrow" (sometimes "The Joy of All Who Suffer").

The icon that served as inspiration for this example was first believed to create a miracle in the year 1688. A woman named Evfimiya, who was the sister of Patriarch Loachim, suffered from an incurable disease. One day as she was praying, Evfimiya heard a voice who proclaimed, “Evfimiya! Go to the Church of the Transfiguration of my son." There is the image called “Joy of All Who Suffer” at the church in Moscow where Evfimiy lived. She listened and followed the instructions of the mysterious voice and soon was cured.

The oklad (also spelled oclad) or riza, sometimes referred to as a revetment in English, is a metal cover, in this case silver, that not only protects the icon, but also serves to honor or venerate the figure(s) depicted on the icon. Oklads are usually adorned with repousse work and pierced to reveal elements of the underlying painting. This artisan truly knew how to bring silver to life in a manner that both complements and uplifts the painted image.

Provenance: private Ventura County, California, USA collection

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#122493
Condition
...
Icon has age-commensurate surface wear and chips along the peripheries as shown. Fading and discoloration to painted details, with some abrasions and deposits throughout. Riza has bending to corners, interior details, and overall form, light discoloration and tarnishing, and fading to details throughout. Verso of icon has old inventory sticker and a small loss to one back slat.

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