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The Virgin Mary - the Most Holy Mother of God Collection

The veneration of the Theotokos is of the same order as the veneration of all the saints, and shares with it a common foundation; excepting only that among the saints, the Most Holy Virgin Mary naturally occupies the first place and stands higher than them all.

Important Holy Mount Athos Russian Icon of Axion Estin Mother of God

The depiction is based on the image of the miracleworking icon Axion Estin ("It Is Truly Meet") Mother of God in the main church of Karyes on Holy Mount Athos considered the protector of the Holy Mountain and its holiest object. Crowned Theotokos is flanked by full-figured descriptions of St. Panteleimon, the Holy Patron of Russian St. Panteleimon Monastery on Mount Athos and St. Eudokia of Heliopolis. On the back, the icon has a stamp of blessing from the Russian St. Panteleimon Monastery on Holy Mount Athos and a handwritten inscription with a dedication from hieromonk Flegont to his Goddaughter Eudoka, dated 1910.  

Provenance: Sotheby's New York 1993

  • ID# 10-RSMIS-42
  • Size 10 1/2 x 8 3/4 in (27 x 22 cm)
  • Age ca. 1910
  • Origin Holy Mount Athos
  • Materials Egg tempera and gilding on gessoed wood in gilt silver revetment cover
  • Price SOLD!
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary theca with relics from the Chemise, (Sancta Camisia) of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Opulent glass-fronted silver and bronze reliquary theca in a shape of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, richly decorated by imitation diamonds and intricately engraved detail, housing substantial ex Subucula  (from the Holy Chemise) relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The relic is affixed to a gilt starburst on a red silk background decorated by gilt silver cord ornamentation and identified on a fancy manuscript cedula label as Ex Subucula B-mae. M.V. (From the Holy CHemise of the Blessed Virgin Mary). On the back, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Father Giuseppe Gaetano Incontri (†), Bishop of Volterra (1796-1848)

  • ID# 24-RSCR-45
  • Size 85 x 75 mm
  • Age ca. first half of the 19th century
  • Origin Tuscany, Italy
  • Materials silver, bronze, crystal
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Fine Russian Icon - The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God

Fine Russian Orthodox icon depicting The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, Great Feast of the Eastern Orthodox Church (corresponding to the Western feast of the Assumption) which commemorates the "falling asleep" or death of the Mother of God, and her bodily resurrection before being taken up into Heaven. The Theotokos is depicted lying on a bier, surrounded by the twelve Apostles. At center, Jesus Christ is shown in a golden mandorla, swaddling the soul of the Virgin Mary. To either side of him are depicted the Hieromartyrs Dionysius the Areopagite and Ignatius the God-Bearer who, according to sacred tradition, are responsible for transmitting the account of the dormition. The buildings on the background represent Mary's house and the Temple of Jerusalem. On the lower center the assault of the High Priest is depicted in which the Jewish priest's hands were cut off by the Archangel Michael after he unsuccessfully tried to overturn Mary's brier.

  • ID# 881-RSHI-12
  • Size 12 1/4 in x 10 1/4 in (31 x 26 cm)
  • Age ca. 1800
  • Origin Vladimir region, possibly icon painting village of Mstyora
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Fine Russian Icon - Our Lady of Tikhvin

Our Lady of Tikhvin (Tikhvinskaya) is one of the most celebrated and beautiful wonderworking icons of the Mother of God. Traditionally, it is said to be one of the icons painted by Saint Luke the Evangelist and is a contemporary of the Mother of God herself. The appearance of the icon is celebrated on June 26. The icon has a long history. During the Soviet oppression of the Orthodox Church, the original Theotokos of Tikhvin icon was brought to the USA for safekeeping. In 2004 it was transferred back to Russia to return to its home village of Tikhvin. In the iconographic sense, it is a Hodigitria type with the slightly inclined position of the Mother of God toward the Infant, Who is depicted on the left side of the image. The hand of the Mother of God is raised toward her breast as a sign of silent worship of her Son.

  • ID# 384-RSHI-5
  • Size 12 1/4 in x 10 1/4 in (31 x 26 cm)
  • Age ca. 1850s
  • Origin Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera on gilt and gessoed wood
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Our Lady of Tikhvin

Our Lady of Tikhvin (Tikhvinskaya) is one of the most celebrated and beautiful wonderworking icons of the Mother of God. Traditionally, it is said to be one of the icons painted by Saint Luke the Evangelist and is a contemporary of the Mother of God herself. The appearance of the icon is celebrated on June 26. The icon has a long history. During the Soviet oppression of the Orthodox Church, the original Theotokos of Tikhvin icon was brought to the USA for safekeeping. In 2004 it was transferred back to Russia to return to its home village of Tikhvin. In the iconographic sense, it is a Hodigitria type with the slightly inclined position of the Mother of God toward the Infant, Who is depicted on the left side of the image. The hand of the Mother of God is raised toward her breast as a sign of silent worship of her Son.

  • ID# 896-RSHG-11
  • Size 12 1/4 x 10 in (31 x 26 cm)
  • Age ca. early 19th century
  • Materials Tempera on wood panel with kovcheg.
  • Price $3,000
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Coronation of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God

The icon is depicting the Virgin Mary in Heaven being crowned by Christ and God the Father with a dove above them comprisit the New Testament Trinity. 

  • ID# 262-105-108-SP6-28
  • Size 19 x 20 in (48 x 51 cm)
  • Age ca. 1880's
  • Materials Egg tempera and gilding on gessoed wood
  • Price $2,500
  • Orthodox Cross

Frame Reliquary with relics of St Paschal Baylon, the Virgin Mary & 23 Important Saints

Profusely decorated 19th-century glass-fronted gilt wood frame reliquary housing relics of the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary and 23 Important Saints centered around the portrait and relic of St. Paschal Baylon. On the back, the reliquary is secured by a vertical silk cord held in place by two seals of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of an unidentified Roman Catholic Bishop. 

  • ID# 26-RSCRM-5
  • Size 34 x 30 cm (13 1/2 in x 11 3/4 in )
  • Age ca. 1850s
  • Origin Italy, Naples
  • Price Price upon request

Reliquary with relics from the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary Soaked in the Holy Blood of Jesus

Opulent Baroque silver glass-fronted reliquary decorated by intricate flowers and an image of the Holy Spirit as a dove and containing an oval silver crystal fronted theca housing precious relic of the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary Soaked in the Most Holy Blood of Jesus. The relics affixed to the background of multicolored silk surrounded by paperolle ornamentation and titled in 18th century ductus a Ex V[elo] DNJC / Imbuto Sang[inis] D[omini] N[ostr]i J[esus] C[hristi] (of the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary soaked in the [Holy] Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ). The reliquary is sealed on the back with a perfectly preserved seal of Fr. Francesco Saverio Passari, Bishop of Larissa (1786-1808).

  • ID# 117-LCR-17
  • Size 130 x 90 mm
  • Age ca. late 18th century, Italy
  • Materials silver
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian icon - Joy to All Who Sorrow Mother of God of Moscow

Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow of Moscow is the name of a popular wonderworking Russian Orthodox icon. The icon dates to a miracle that occurred on October 24, 1688, when a woman named Euphemia received healing from sickness after obeying a voice telling her to find this icon and have the priest celebrate a prayer with blessing of water. The design of this icon depicts the Mother of God, depicted full-figured standing with her Son in Heaven and God the Father above her in the clouds. Along both sides of the icon, framing the Mother of God, depicted are many suppliants asking for her intercession. The tenderness and kindness of a loving mother are evident in her face as She stands in paradise and yet among us.

Finely executed with gold highlights. Minor areas of retouching.

  • ID# 120-HGI-1
  • Size 12 1/4 x 10 1/2 in (31.3 x 26.6 cm)
  • Age ca. late 19th century
  • Origin Moscow, Russia
  • Materials Tempera on wood panel.
  • Price $5,500
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Our Lady of Smolensk

Our Lady of Smolensk is the name of an ancient miracle-working icon and one of the most highly venerated icons in Russia. According to tradition, after the fall of Constantinople, the original icon painted by St. Luke surfaced in Russia, where it was placed in the Assumption Cathedral in Smolensk and therefore referred to as Our Lady of Smolensk. The original icon, dated by art historians to the 11th century, is now believed to have been destroyed by fire during the German occupation of Smolensk in 1941, but a great number of copies were made throughout the century, some of the considerable historical and artistic value of their own.

Finely executed on a golden background. Four selected saints on the borders: the Guardian Angel, St. Boniface, St. Venerable Taisia of Egypt, and St. Eudokia of Heliopolis.

  • ID# 130-HGI-8
  • Size 13 1/2 x 11 3/4 in (34.3 x 29.8 cm)
  • Age circa 1800
  • Origin Central Russia
  • Materials Tempera on wood panel
  • Price $4,000
  • Orthodox Cross

Fine Russian Icon - Our Lady of the Sign

Our Lady of the Sign is one of the most beloved Russian miracle-working icons of Theotokos. The icon depicts her during the Annunciation at the moment of saying, "May it be done to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38). The Virgin Mary is depicted frontally half-length, with her hands raised in praying position and the Child Jesus within a round aureole upon her breast representing him at the moment of his conception.  The term Virgin of the Sign is a reference to the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14: "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."

  • ID# 759-HGi-8
  • Size 14 x 10 1/4 in (35.8 x 26 cm)
  • Age ca. 19th century
  • Origin Moscow, Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera and gilding on gessoed wood
  • Price $3,750
  • Orthodox Cross

Crystal theca with relic of the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Fancy 18th century double-crystal reliquary theca housing Ex Velo (of the Veil) relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The relic is housed between two sheets of faceted rock crystal decorated with silver wire and identified on a paper cedula as Ex Velo / B. Marie V. It is secured by a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax with coat of arms of Italian Bishop Colonna, Prince Assistant to the Papal Throne.

  • ID# 42-DDCR-55 *
  • Size 45 x 35 mm
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Materials Rock crystal
  • Price Price upon request

Theca with relic of the Holy Griddle (Belt) of the Blessed Virgin Mary

18th-century double-crystal reliquary theca containing relics of the Belt of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The relics are between two panes of crystal and titled in 18th-century ductus as De Singula / Be[atus] Virginis Mariae (Of the Girdle of the Blessed Virgin Mary). Theca is secured by a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of the coat of arms of Italian Bishop affixed to the silver wire surrounding the crystal theca.

  • ID# 84-RSCR-9
  • Size 42 x 38 mm (without the seal)
  • Age ca. 18th century, Italy
  • Materials silver, crystal
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Church Icon - Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple

Late 19th /early 20th-century shaped icon of the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple from the Festival Row of an iconostasis, oil on panel, Central Russia. The saints and Holy Figures painted in realistic, Academic fashion reserved against surfaces gilded and engraved in imitation of gilded silver revetment covers.

  • ID# 40-56-SSI-2
  • Size 22 3⁄4 x 21 1⁄2 in. (57.7 x 55 cm)
  • Age ca. Late 19th/early 20th century
  • Origin Central Russia
  • Materials Oil on gilt, tooled, and gessoed wood
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Feodorovskya Mother of God

The Feodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God, also known as Our Lady of Saint Theodore and the Black Virgin Mary of Russia is the patron icon of the Romanov Imperial family and one of the most venerated icons in the Upper Volga region. Her feast days are March 27 and August 29.

  • ID# 109-023-088-L60i4-250
  • Size 17 3/4 in x 14 1/2 in (45 cm x 37 cm)
  • Age ca. 1880's, Central Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera on parcel silvered and gessoed wood.
  • Price $1,800
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Reliquary theca with relics of the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Reliquary theca with relics of the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Oval silver glass-fronted reliquary theca housing precious relics of the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Precious relic is affixed to a gilt paper ray burst surrounded by gilt silver wire ornamentation. The relic is identified on a fancy manuscript paper cedula label as Ex Velo Bmae Virg. Mariae. (of the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary). On the back, the theca is secured with a preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Father Florido Pierleoni C.O. (†1829), Bishop of Acquapendente (p. 1802-1829).

  • ID# 38-RSMB-4
  • Size 36 x 31 mm
  • Age ca. first quarter of the 19th century
  • Origin Acquapendente, Italy
  • Materials silver, glass, paper
  • Price $1,750
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Multireliquary centered around the Column of Flagellation and the Sepulcher of the Virgin Mary, with relics of Apostles and important Saints

Silver-washed brass reliquary theca, comprising first class, ex ossibus relics of Saints and Apostles Peter and Paul, Italian saint and mystic Saint Nicholas Tolentino known as the Patron of Holy Souls, Saint Philip Neri, known as the Apostle of Rome, Saint Lucy young Christian martyr, patron of the blind, Saint Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, and Spanish Saint Paschal Baylon patron saint of Eucharistic congresses and Eucharistic associations, dispersed around relics of the Column of Flagellation of Jesus Christ, and the Sepulcher (Empty Tomb) of the Theotokos.

  • ID# 99-MR-175
  • Age ca. mid-18th Century
  • Price $1,750
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary theca with relics of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, Apostles St. Thomas & St. Andrew

18th century silver oval double-glass reliquary theca housing relics of the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary, her husband Saint Joseph, and two Apostles: Saint Thomas and Saint Andrew.The relics are affixed to a red silk background separated with golden paperolle and silver cord ornamentation and identified on a manuscript cedula labels. On the back the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax with a barely visible coat of arms of an unidentified Catholic Bishop.

  • ID# 11-RSMR-75
  • Size 49 x 44 mm
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials silver
  • Price $1,275
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Feodorovskaya Mother of God

The Feodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God, also known as Our Lady of Saint Theodore and the Black Virgin Mary of Russia is the patron icon of the Romanov Imperial family and one of the most venerated icons in the Upper Volga region. Her feast days are March 27 and August 29.

  • ID# 83-103-108-SP7-1
  • Size 17 1/3 x 14 1/3 in (44 x 36 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Origin Icon painting village of Kholui
  • Materials Egg tempera on silvered, tooled, and gessoed wood
  • Price SOLD!
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Our Lady of Kazan with 2 border saints: the Guardian Angel and St. Agrippina of Mineo

Our Lady of Kazan, is a holy icon of the highest stature within the Russian Orthodox Church and considered a palladium of Russia for centuries, until its theft and likely destruction in 1904. The icon represents the Virgin Mary as the protector and patroness of the city of Kazan. It is a close-up variant of the Hodegetria (Directress) style, it is noted mainly for the Child standing, with the Virgin chest-length. The Kazan icons are traditionally small, following the original. The Kazan icon was very popular in Russia, especially as a wedding gift, and many copies were made in the design of the original. Two major Kazan Cathedrals, in Moscow and St. Petersburg, are consecrated to Our Lady of Kazan, as are numerous churches throughout the land. Her feast days are July 21 and November 4.

The border saints are the Guardian Angel and St. Agrippina of Mineo.

  • ID# 193-045-092-SP7-7
  • Size 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 in (31 x 26 cm)
  • Age ca. 19th century
  • Materials Egg tempera and gilding on gessoed wood
  • Price $1,200
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Our Lady of Smolensk

Our Lady of Smolensk is name of an ancient miracle working icon and one of the most highly venerated icons in Russia. According to the tradition, after the fall of Constantinople, the original icon painted by St. Luke  surfaced in Russia, where it was placed in the Assumption Cathedral in Smolensk and therefore referred to as Our Lady of Smolensk. The original icon, dated by art historians to the 11th century, is now believed to have been destroyed by fire during the German occupation of Smolensk in 1941, but a great number of copies were made throughout the century, some of the of considerable historical and artistic value of their own.

  • ID# 146-105-093-SP7-1
  • Size 12 1/4 x 9 3/4 in (31 x 25 cm)
  • Age ca. 18/19th century
  • Materials Egg tempera and gilding on gessoed wood
  • Price $975
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - The Most Holy Mother of God with Prophets & Monastic Saints

The icon is depicting the Most Holy Mother of God from the Deisis row surrounded on borders with twelve roundels depicting Prophets and Monastic Saints. 

  • ID# 199-076-103-SP6-135
  • Size 16 x 13 in (41 x 33 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price SOLD!
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Surety of Sinners Mother of God

The Icon of the Surety of Sinners Mother of God is known by this name because of the inscription on the icon: “I am the Surety of sinners for My Son Who has entrusted Me to hear them, and those who bring Me the joy of hearing them will receive eternal joy through Me.” The Mother of God is depicted embracing Her Child, Who holds Her right hand with both His hands so that Her thumb is in His right hand, and Her small finger in His left hand. This is the gesture of one who gives surety for another. Although we do not know when or by whom the icon was originally painted, it is believed that the basis of the icon is to be found in the Akathist to the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos: “Rejoice, You Who offer Your hands in surety for us to God.”

  • ID# 108-042-078-SP6-11
  • Size 12 1/2 x 10 1/4 in (32 x 26 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Origin Southern Russia
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $950
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Our Lady of Kazan

Our Lady of Kazan, is a holy icon of the highest stature within the Russian Orthodox Church and considered a palladium of Russia for centuries, until its theft and likely destruction in 1904. The icon represents the Virgin Mary as the protector and patroness of the city of Kazan. It is a close-up variant of the Hodegetria (Directress) style, it is noted mainly for the Child standing, with the Virgin chest-length. The Kazan icons are traditionally small, following the original. The Kazan icon was very popular in Russia, especially as a wedding gift, and many copies were made in the design of the original. Two major Kazan Cathedrals, in Moscow and St. Petersburg, are consecrated to Our Lady of Kazan, as are numerous churches throughout the land. Her feast days are July 21 and November 4.

  • ID# 183-028-132-SP6-11
  • Size 13 3/4 x 11 3/4 in (35 x 30 cm)
  • Age ca. 1880's
  • Origin Icon painting village of Kholui
  • Materials Egg tempera and gilding on gessoed wood
  • Price $950
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian icon - The Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God

The Protection (Pokrov) of the Most Holy Mother of God is one of the most beloved Feast days on the Orthodox calendar commemorated on October 1 celebrating the appearance of the Virgin Mary in Constantinople in the 10th century at the time when the people in the city were threatened by the Barbarian invasion. Saint Andrew, the Holy Fool with his disciple Saint Epiphanius, and a group of people, saw the Mother of God, Saint John the Baptist, and several other Saints and Angels during a vigil in the Church of Blachernae, nearby the city gates. The Mother of God approached the center of the church, knelt down and remained in prayer for a long time with her face drowned in tears. Then she took her veil off and spread it over the people as a sign of protection. After the appearance of the Mother of God, the danger was averted and the city was spared from bloodshed and suffering.  On the icon, the Theotokos is depicted standing on a cloud in aureola of green light holding her veil .

  • ID# 200-077-056-SP6-1
  • Size 13 3/4 x 12 1/4 in (35 x 31 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Egg tempera and gilding on gessoed wood
  • Price $900
  • Orthodox Cross

Theca with relic of Saint Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary

18th-century oval silver glass-fronted reliquary theca housing first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The relic is affixed to a multicolor silk background decorated with a silver cord and gilded paperolle ornamentation and identified on a manuscript cedula label as S. Anne Mat./ B.V.M. (Saint Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary). On the back, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of the Diocese of Brescia in Northern Italy. 

  • ID# 41-RSCR40-11
  • Size 31 x 27 mm
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Origin Brescia, Italy
  • Materials silver, glass
  • Price $875
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary theca with relics of Sepulchre of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Oval silver glass-fronted theca housing a particle relic from the Sepulchre of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The relic is affixed to a red background and identified on a typeset cedula label as Sep[ulchre] B.V.M. On the back,  the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of Cardinal Pietro Respighi (†1913), Vicar General of Rome (1900-1913).

  • ID# 34-RSCR40-11
  • Size 39 x 31 mm
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials glass, silver
  • Price $775
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - The Virgin Mary from the Deisis Row

  • ID# 84-103-109-SP7-1
  • Size 15 x 12 1/2 in (38 x 32 cm)
  • Age ca. second half of the 19th century
  • Origin Urals Mountains region
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $750
  • Orthodox Cross

Small Russian Orthodox 3-panel folding travel skladen icon depicting Our Lady of the Sign with Archangels, Apostles, and selected Saints

Our Lady of the Sign under Not-Made-By-Hands image of Christ on the central panel, with Archangels, Apostles Peter and Paul, and selected saints on side panels.

 

  • ID# 126-DDMA-8
  • Size 6.5 cm x 10 cm (2 1/2 in x 4 in)
  • Age ca. 19th century, Old Believer's workshop Moscow Region
  • Materials brass
  • Price $500

Russian Orthodox 3-panel folding travel skladen Icon depicting Our Lady of Kazan

Depicting Our Lady of Kazan under an image of God the Father in Heavens shown in the central panel, with four Orthodox Feasts on side panels: Entry into Jerusalem, Presentation at the Temple, Descent into the Hades, and the Ascension.

  • ID# 09373-L60i2-25
  • Size 10 cm x 14 cm (4 in x 5 1/2 in)
  • Age 19th century, Moscow Region
  • Materials ca. brass and blue enamel
  • Price $500

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