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People's Icons - Iconography of the Russian Provinces

In the vast folklore stratum of non-professional icon painting in Russia, icons of simple rural craftsmen, who were called “bogomazi” or house painters, stand out. Craftsmen who were engaged in folk icon painting also “daubed” everything to please their soul - flowers, birds, the interiors of their rural houses, and even furniture. They were ordinary people and can be called "worldly" or unprofessional icon painters. They loved the Lord, his Mother the Divine, and the most revered Russian Saints: St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, St. George the Victorious, Paraskeva the Friday, Elijah the Prophet, Alexander Nevsky and all others, and therefore drew them as they could - for themselves and for people around them. Sometimes there were no other icons available in the distant lands of  Russia - either they were within the closed walls of monasteries or they were too expensive for the ordinary people. Today, such icons are eagerly collected not only as religious artifacts but also as fine and distinct examples of the Russian folk art. 

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

Russian Icon - Our Lady of Novodvorsk with St. Feodosius of Uglich, St. Anastasia Martyr & St. Blais Martyr

The icon depicts Our Lady of Novodvorsk with St. Feodosius of Uglich, St. Anastasia Martyr & St. Blais Martyr. The icon was painted about 1320 by Saint Peter, Metropolitan of Moscow and all Russia . Over time, the Shrine was moved in the Savior-Transfigured monastery in Novgorod-Siversky. In Soviet times, the original icon was lost and, most likely, did not survive.

  • ID# 171-026-290-SP6-2
  • Size 23 x 18 1/2 in (59 x 47 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Egg tempera on silvered and gessoed wood
  • Price $1,750
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - St. Theodora Martyr and St. Gabriel the Archangel

St. Theodora Martyr and St. Gabriel the Archangel are depicted full figured standing under the miracleworking icon of Our Lady of Kazan.

  • ID# 220-095-097-SP6-115
  • Size 17 3/4 x 14 1/4 in (45 x 36)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $1,000
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian icon - Joy to All Who Sorrow Mother of God

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 Euphymia 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 suppliants  asking for her intercession assisted by angels. The tenderness and kindness of a loving mother are evident in her face as She stands in paradise and yet among us.

  • ID# 36-064-024-SP7-1
  • Size 10 1/3 x 8 3/4 in (26 x 22 cm)
  • Age ca. 1880's
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $7125
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian icon - Christ Enthroned with St Nicholas & St John the Baptist

This large icon depicts the Savior Enthroned flanked by St Nicholas of Myra and St John the Baptist. 

  • ID# 35-051-117-SP7-4
  • Size 17 1/3 x 26 in (44 x 66 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $2,750
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Church icon - Miracle of St George Slaying the Dragon

The Great Martyr Saint George is depicted as a mounted soldier striking with a lance a dragon beneath his horse. On the right on the hill is a princess Elisaba, whose fate is in George’s hands, while Christ is blessing from above from heavens. The scene is titled in Old Slavonic as  "Saint George the Victorybearer." The oldest icons depicting Saint George as a horseman killing the dragon date to the 12th century. The motif becomes popular especially in Georgian and Russian tradition, but it is also found in Greek icons.

  • ID# 49-105-113-SP7-4
  • Size 35 x 23 1/2 in (89 x 60 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Origin Provincial Russia
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price (RESERVED)
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon depicting Saint Michael the Archangel and Holy Monastic Martyr Saint Eudokia of Heliopolis

The Holy Archangel Michael is one of the most celebrated of the Angels and bodiless powers; he is called the Archistrategos, or chief commander, of all the bodiless powers. According to Holy Scripture and Tradition, he has interceded for humanity multiple times and continues to serve as the Defender of the Faith. Saint Michael is most often invoked for protection from invasion by enemies and from civil war, and for the defeat of adversaries on the field of battle.

Saint Eudokia was a Samarian woman who lived in Heliopolis of Phoenicia (present day Baalbek, Lebanon). She was a very beautiful pagan,  and garnered her wealth by attracting wealthy lovers.

Eudokia learned about Christianity from a monk by the name of Germanos and asked him if she, too, could be saved from Judgment. Germanos instructed her to remain alone in her chamber for one week, fasting and praying. Eudokia followed his instructions, and at the end of the week, she had a vision about the Archangel Michael that assured her of Christ's love for all people.  At age 30, Eudokia commissioned the building of a monastery near Heliopolis, and dispensed much of her wealth in various charitable projects. She rejected all of her suitors, and when one persistent suitor named Philostratos was struck down because of his persistence, Eudokia prayed for him until he recovered and then converted to Christianity. Eudokia persuaded many pagans to convert to Christianity and, by her actions, angered Roman officials who had her beheaded on in 107 AD.

  • ID# 76-016-082-L60i4-150
  • Size 15 in x 11 3/4 in (38 cm x 30 cm)
  • Age ca. 1870, Provincial
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $1,200

Russian icon - St Venerable Sampson the Hospitable & Miracleworking Madonna

The icon depicts ​Saint ​Sampson the Hospitable​, ​a citizen of Constantinople who devoted his time to serving the poor depicted full-figured standing under a miracle working icon of Our Lady of Kazan.​

  • ID# 45-101-115-SP7-28
  • Size 28 x 20 in (71 x 50 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $1,200
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - The Dormition of the Virgin Mary, St. George and 7 Selected Saints

The icon is depicting seven selected Orthodox Saints: St. Andrew the Apostle, St. Qeen Helena, St. Nicholas of Myra, St. Maria, St. Stephen the Protomartyr, St. John the Theologian and St. Paraskevi the Friday surmounted by vignette images depicting the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God and Miracle of St George Slaying the Dragon

  • ID# 166-027-069-SP7-7
  • Size 13 3/4 x 11 3/4 in (35 x 30 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $1,200
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Church 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 in Orans position, holding her veil in outstretched arms, flanked by blessing Christ and St John the Baptist. Below are Saint Romanos the Melodist, Saint Epiphanius and Saint Andrew the Fool, St Emperor Constantine and his mother St Helena.

  • ID# 255-105-103-SP7-28
  • Size 21 3/4 x 15 3/4 in (55 x 40 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $1,200
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Joy to All Who Sorrow Mother of God

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 Euphymia 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, standing in paradise being crowned by two angels. Along both sides of the icon, framing the Virgin Mary, are suppliants , asking for her intercession with angels assisting them.

  • ID# 81-103-096-SP7-1
  • Size 16 1/2 x 13 3/4 in (42 x 35 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $1,100
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Our Lady of Iveron

Our Lady of Iveron is the Eastern Orthodox icon of Virgin Mary which, according to the Sacred Tradition, was painted by Luke the Evangelist. The icon is referred to as "Wonderworking" meaning that numerous miracles have been attributed to the intercession of the Theotokos by persons praying before it. The original of this image is found in the Georgian Iveron monastery on Mount Athos in Greece, where it is believed to have been since the year 999.

  • ID# 228-096-039-SP6-115
  • Size 15 3/4 x 11 in (40 x 28 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890's
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $1,000
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian icon - 3 Female Saints: Tatiana, Mary of Egypt & Martha

Icon depics three Female Orthodox Saints pictured full-figured: Saint Martyr Tatiana, Saint Pentient Mary of Egypt & Saint Venerable Martha.

  • ID# 203-077-083-SP6-11
  • Size 14 1/2 x 11 1/2 in (37 x 29 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890's
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $975
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Nine Miracleworking Saints of the Town of Rostov

The icon depicts nine selected miracleworking saints associated with Russian town of Rostov shown full-figured under the image of a miracleworking icon of Our Lady of Vladimir.

  • ID# 21-103-093-SP7-1
  • Size 15 3/4 x 11 3/4 in (40 x 30 cm)
  • Age ca. 1870s
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $975
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Miracle of St George Slaying the Dragon

The Great Martyr Saint George is depicted as a mounted soldier striking with a lance a dragon beneath his horse. On the right is the town of Silene with a princess Elisaba, whose fate is in George’s hands, standing at the gate. The scene is titled in Old Slavonic as  "Saint George the Victorybearer." The oldest icons depicting Saint George as a horseman killing the dragon date to the 12th century. The motif becomes popular especially in Georgian and Russian tradition, but it is also found in Greek icons. 

  • ID# 76-103-054-SP7-15
  • Size 16 1/2 x 12 1/2 in (42 x 32 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $975
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Orthodox Saints: St John Martyr, St Peter Mitropolitain & St Olga Princess

The icon is depictiung three Orthodox saints pictured frontally full-figured: St Peter Mitropolitain of Moscow, flanked by St John Martyr and St Olga Princess. 

  • ID# 112-104-077-SP7-1
  • Size 13 3/4 x 11 3/4 in (35 x 30 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $975
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Our Lady of Vladimir

Our Lady of Vladimir is one of the most highly venerated Orthodox icons and a typical example of Byzantine iconography. The original 12th century icon survived and is displayed in the Tretyakov Gallery museum in Moscow. Even more than most famous icons, the original has been copied repeatedly for centuries and many copies now have considerable artistic and religious significance of their own. The icon is a version of the Eleusa (Tenderness) type, with the Christ child snuggling up to his mother's cheek. The venerated image was used in celebration of coronations of Tsars, elections of Patriarchs, and other important ceremonies of the Russian state. Her feast day is June 3.

  • ID# 182-028-053-SP6-11
  • Size 14 1/2 x 11 3/4 in (37 x 35 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $950
  • 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 - Christ Enthroned with the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist

The icon is depicting Christ Enthroned flanked by his mother, the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Baptist forming the Orthodox Deisis. 

  • ID# 28-052-076-SP6-11
  • Size 11 x 8 in (28 x 20 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Origin Western Russia
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $950
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Saint Unmercenary Healers Cosmas & Damianus, patrons of doctors

Saints Cosmas and Damian (Greek: Κοσμάς και Δαμιανός) (also written Kosmas and Damianos) (died ca. 287) were twin brothers, physicians, and early Christian martyrs born in Cilicia, part of today's Turkey. They practiced their profession in the seaport of Ayas, Adana, then in the Roman province of Syria. Accepting no payment for their services led to them being named "Ανάργυροι" (Unmercenary); it has been said that, by this, they attracted many to the Christian faith.

Traditionally, Saints Cosmas and Damian are the holy patrons of doctors and persons of Medical profession.

  • ID# 161-023-215-SP7-7
  • Size 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 in (31 x 26 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $950
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - The New Testament Trinity

The icon depicts the New Testament Trinity of Jesus Christ, God the Father and the Holy Spirit above. Jesus is pictured on the left with an opened book of the Gospels and the cross, God the Father as the venerable old white-bearded man on the right. Above them, the Holy Spirit appears as a dove in divine light.

  • ID# 194-046-062-SP7-4
  • Size 14 1/4 x 11 1/2 in (36 x 29 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $925
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Christ Pantocrator

Christ Pantocrator refers to a specific depiction of Christ. The most common translation of Pantocrator is "Almighty" or "All-powerful". In this understanding, Pantocrator is a compound word formed from the Greek words for "all" and the noun "strength" (κρατος). This is often understood in terms of potential power; i.e., ability to do anything, omnipotence. The iconic image of Christ Pantocrator was one of the first images of Christ developed in the Early Christian Church and remains a central icon of the Eastern Orthodox Church. In the half-length image, Christ holds the Gospels in his left hand and makes the gesture of blessing with his right. The Gospels are opened on Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

  • ID# 246-102-059-SP6-1
  • Size 17 3/4 x 13 3/4 in (45 x 35 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $900
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Seeker of the Lost Mother of God

The miraculous icon of the Seeker of the Lost Mother of God (sometimes known as the Seeker of the Perishing) became known in Russia in the 18th century and is attributed to its rescue from damnation of a monk in Asia Minor. The name of the icon refers not only to those who are dying, but to those whose souls are in danger of spiritual death. The Queen of Heaven sends down help and support for all: “Seek us who are perishing, O Most Holy Virgin, chasten us not according to our sins, but as you are merciful in your love for mankind, have pity, deliver us from hell, sickness and necessity, and save us” (Troparion, Tone 4).

  • ID# 159-048-085-SP6-1
  • Size 11 x 8 3/4 in (28 x 22)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $900
  • 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

Russian icon - St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra

Saint Nicholas of Myra ( Άγιος Νικόλαος, Николай Чудотворец) (270 - 343), was a historic 4th-century Saint and Greek Bishop of Myra. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus. His reputation evolved among the faithful, as was common for early Christian saints.

  • ID# 43-074-104-SP7-35
  • Size 20 x 22 3/4 in (51 x 58 cm)
  • Age ca. 1910s
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $900
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Deliverance of the Suffering from Distress Mother of God

The icon of type of Deliverance of the Suffering from Distress Mother of God was very popular and found in many homes throughout Russia. At the heart of the name of this icon is the belief that the Mother of God helps to get rid of misfortunes to all who turn to Her for help in their prayer. Thus, the Orthodox prayer canon for the Most Holy Theotokos has the words: “Mother of God, hurry and deliver us from troubles” (Song 3).

  • ID# 106-040-025-SP6-85
  • Size 13 3/4 x 10 1/2 in (35 x 27 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Origin Southern Russia
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $850
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Christ Pantocrator

The icon depicts realistically rendered Christ as Pantocrator ( "Almighty" or "All-powerful") - pictured half-figured blessing with his right hand while holding an Orb and a Cross in his left hand

  • ID# 189-052-075-SP6-1
  • Size 12 1/2 x 10 1/2 in (32 x 27 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $850
  • Orthodox Cross

Three Orthodox Saints: Sts. Empress Alexandra Martyr, Blessed Maria, and Prince Mikhail

Icon depicts three Orthodox saints painted full figured - Saint Empress Martyr Alexandra of Rome , Blessed Maria, and Russian Prince Mikhail of Tver.

  • ID# 107-042-002-SP6-1
  • Size 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 in (31 x 26 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $850
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - St. Michael the Archangel, the Chief Commander of the Heavenly Host

The Holy Archangel Michael is one of the most celebrated of the Angels called the Archistrategos, or chief commander, of all the bodiless powers. According to the Holy Scripture and Tradition, he has interceded for humanity multiple times and continues to serve as the Defender of the Faith. Saint Michael is most often invoked for protection from invasion by enemies and from civil war, and for the defeat of adversaries on the field of battle. Saint Michael is depicted riding a red winged horse carrying the book of Gospels, the Trumpet of Judgement, the censer and a lance, with which he conquers the demon depicted on the lower right. Next to the winged demon a depiction of a city of Babylon drowning in sins.  The white semi-circle between his hands represents his covenant with God. 

  • ID# 11-51-31-SP6-9
  • Size 15 x 11 1/2 in (38 x 29)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Origin Provincial Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $800
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Our Lady of the Sign

Our Lady of the Sign is one of the most beloved Russian miracleworking icons of Theotokos. The icon depicts the 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# 110-104-063-SP7-1
  • Size 13 1/2 x 11 in (34 x 28 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $800
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Our Lady of Tenderness (Eleusa)

The icon is a version of the Eleusa (Tenderness) type, with the Christ child snuggling up to his mother's cheek.

  • ID# 17-103-012-SP7-1
  • Size 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 in (34 x 27 cm)
  • Age ca. 1880's
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $775
  • 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# 30-104-060-SP7-4
  • Size 12 1/4 x 9 1/2 in (31 x 24 cm)
  • Age ca. 1860s
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $775
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Christ Enthroned with the Virgin Mary & St John the Baptist

The icon is depicting Savior Enthroned being crowned by the angels flanked by the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Baptist. 

  • ID# 92-104-023-SP7-1
  • Size 14 1/4 x 10 1/2 in (36 x 27 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $775
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Joy to All Who Sorrow Mother of God

Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow of Moscow is the name of a popular wonderworking Russian Orthodox icon dating to a miracle that occurred in 1688, when a woman named Euphymia 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 full-figured Mother of God standing in Heavens flanked by suppliants assisted by the angels and asking for her intercession while Christ is blessing her from the Above. The icon is customized by addition of four family saints in the middle field: Saint Venerable Eudokia, Saint Feodor Soldier, Saint Venerable Princess Anna, and Saint Prince Michael. 

  • ID# 32-106-82-SP6-85
  • Size 14 x 12 in (35 x 31 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Origin Provincial Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $750
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - St Prophet Elijah

Saint Elijah was a prophet in the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of Ahab (9th century BC). According to the Books of Kings, Elijah defended the worship of Yahweh over that of the Phoenician god Baal, he raised the dead, brought fire down from the sky, and was taken up in a whirlwind. In the Book of Malachi, Elijah's return is prophesied "before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord," making him a harbinger of the Messiah. 

  • ID# 13-102-107-SP7-15
  • Size 11 3/4 x 10 1/2 in (30 x 27 cm)
  • Age ca. 1870s
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $750
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian icon - St. Nicholas of Mozhaisk

In Russia, Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker is often shown as Holy Hierarch Nicholas of Mozhaisk, depicting a full-length Nicholas with a sword in his right hand and a city in his left because the prayers to Saint Nicholas saved the city of Mozhaisk from the enemy attack.

  • ID# 39-068-037-SP7-5
  • Size 14 1/2 x 12 1/4 in (37 x 31 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood under a silvered brass oklad
  • Price $750
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian icon - the Archangel Gabriel from the Annunciation

Left panel from a  matching  pair of icons originally inserted into the Royal Doors of an Orthodox iconostasis and depicting the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Christian celebration of the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Son of God, marking his Incarnation. Gabriel is shown blessing with one hand and holding a stem of lilies in the other.

  • ID# 47-103-079-SP7-1
  • Size 10 1/2 x 8 3/4 in (27 x 22 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $750
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Our Lady of the Unburnt Thornbush

The icon depicting the Miracleworking Madonna of Unburnt Thornbush has a unique iconography. The Virgin Mary with her Christ child holds the central position in this rose-shaped form that is like a Jungian mandala. The points of the eight-pointed “slava” (“Glory”) represent divine light and the Eighth day of Creation, the Day of Eternity. Eight angels in the “petals” of the rose represent the forces behind the elements of nature, the hidden powers that control the weather and relate also to the apocalyptic end of the world. The "Unburned Thornbush" icon was commonly venerated throughout Russia as a form of fire protection. It was used not only to ward off fire from a home but was also held up to stop a fire once it had begun.

  • ID# 69-103-007-SP7-7
  • Size 13 x 10 in (33 x 25 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $750
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Our Lady of Iveron

Our Lady of Iveron is the Eastern Orthodox icon of Virgin Mary which, according to the Sacred Tradition, was painted by Luke the Evangelist. The icon is referred to as "Wonderworking" meaning that numerous miracles have been attributed to the intercession of the Theotokos by persons praying before it. The original of this image is found in the Georgian Iveron monastery on Mount Athos in Greece, where it is believed to have been since the year 999.

  • ID# 72-103-023-SP7-15
  • Size 13 3/4 x 12 1/4 in (35 x 31 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $750
  • 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

Russian Icon - St Martyress Justina & Joachim, father of the Virgin Mary

The icon is depicting St Martyress Justina of Antioch and St Joachim, the husband of Saint Anne and the father of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

  • ID# 89-104-010-SP7-7
  • Size 12 1/2 x 10 1/4 in (32 x 26 cm)
  • Age ca. second half of the 19th century
  • Origin Ural Mountains Region
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $750
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Russian Icon - Christ Pantocrator

The icon depicts Christ as Pantocrator ( "Almighty" or "All-powerful") - pictured half-figured blessing with his right hand while holding an Orb and a Cross in his left hand.

Christ Pantocrator refers to a specific depiction of Christ. The most common translation of Pantocrator is "Almighty" or "All-powerful". In this understanding, Pantocrator is a compound word formed from the Greek words for "all" and the noun "strength" (κρατος). This is often understood in terms of potential power; i.e., ability to do anything, omnipotence. The iconic image of Christ Pantocrator was one of the first images of Christ developed in the Early Christian Church and remains a central icon of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

  • ID# 28-104-027-SP7-1
  • Size 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 in (31 x 26 cm)
  • Age ca. 1880's
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $725
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Russian icon - Empress Alexandra Martyr of Rome & Alexander of Jerusalem, Martyrs & Saints

The icon depicts two full-figured Martyr Saints: Empress Alexandra of Rome and Alexander, Bishop of Jerusalem.

  • ID# 181-027-328-SP6-8
  • Size 10 1/4 x 8 3/4 in (26 x 22 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $700
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Russian icon - The Resurrection of Christ

The icon depicts of the Resurrection of Christ. 

  • ID# 186-047-016-SP6-8
  • Size 10 1/4 x 8 3/4 in (26 x 21)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $700
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Russian Icon - St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra

Saint Nicholas of Myra  (†343), was a historic 4th-century Saint and Greek Bishop of Myra. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus. His reputation evolved among the faithful, as was common for early Christian saints. Saint Nicholas is the patron Saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, and students in Greece, Belgium, France, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Albania, Russia, the Republic of Macedonia, Slovakia, Serbia, and Montenegro. He is also the patron saint of Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Barranquilla, Bari, Beit Jala, Fribourg, Huguenots, Kozani, Liverpool, Paternopoli, Sassari, Siggiewi, and Lorraine. His feast day is 6 December.

  • ID# 172-027-024-SP6-8
  • Size 11 x 8 in (28 x 20 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Origin South Western Russia
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $700
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Double-sided Russian Icon - Our Lady of Kazan / St Nicholas

Double-sided icon in original gilt frame. One side depicting Our Lady of Kazan and the other side - St. Nicholas of Myra. 

  • ID# 41-070-096-SP7-28
  • Size 18 1/2 x 15 1/2 in (47 x 39 cm)
  • Age ca. 1910s
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $700
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Russian icon - Two Orthodox Saints.

Icon is depicting full-figured images of two Orthodox Saints (A soldier Martyr and a Female Saint) standing under Christ blessing from Heavens. 

  • ID# 126-104-111-SP7-15
  • Size 12 1/4 x 9 3/4 in (31 x 25 cm)
  • Age ca. 1880's
  • Materials Egg tempera on gilt wood
  • Price $700
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Russian icon - The Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God (Pokrov)

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.  

The icon depicts Saint Romanos the Melodist, Saint Epiphanius and Saint Andrew the Fool with Saint Emperor Constantin and Empress Helena standing under the Mother of God in Heavens who is holding the Protective Veil over them.

  • ID# 232-101-016-SP6-75
  • Size 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 in (27 x 21 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Origin Western Russia
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $675
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Russian icon - Two Orthodox Saints: Martyress Vera & Nicephorus (Nikifor) of Constantinople

Russian icon depicting two Orthodox Saints: Holy Martyress Vera & SaintNicephorus, Patriarch of Constantinople depicted full-figured in Provincial style and inscribed on the back in Slavonic "This icon is painted in the year of 1894". 

  • ID# 222-105-046-SP6-7
  • Size 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 in (27 x 21 cm)
  • Age ca. 1894 dated
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $625
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Russian Icon - Greatmartyr Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, also known as Saint Catherine of the Wheel and The Great Martyr Saint Catherine is, according to tradition, a Christian saint and virgin, who was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan emperor Maxentius. She is a patron of Unmarried girls, Aalsum; apologists; craftsmen who work with a wheel (potters, spinners); archivists; dying people; educators; girls; jurists; knife sharpeners; lawyers; librarians; libraries; Balliol College; Massey College; maidens; mechanics; millers; milliners; hat-makers; nurses; philosophers; preachers; scholars; schoolchildren; scribes; secretaries; spinsters; stenographers; students; tanners; theologians; University of Oviedo; University of Paris; haberdashers; wheelwrights; Żejtun, Malta; Żurrieq, Malta; Pagbilao, Quezon, Philippines; Carcar City, Cebu, Philippines; and Katerini, Greece.

  • ID# 27-104-026-SP7-7
  • Size 8 3/4 x 7 in (22 x 18 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Egg tempera on silvered, tooled, and gessoed wood
  • Price $575
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Russian Icon - Our Lady of the Sign

Our Lady of the Sign is one of the most beloved Russian miracleworking icons of Theotokos. The icon depicts the 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# 114-104-081-SP7-5
  • Size 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 in (22 x 17 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $475
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Christ Pantocrator

Christ Pantocrator refers to a specific depiction of Christ. The most common translation of Pantocrator is "Almighty" or "All-powerful". In this understanding, Pantocrator is a compound word formed from the Greek words for "all" and the noun "strength" (κρατος). This is often understood in terms of potential power; i.e., ability to do anything, omnipotence. The iconic image of Christ Pantocrator was one of the first images of Christ developed in the Early Christian Church and remains a central icon of the Eastern Orthodox Church. In the half-length image, Christ holds the Gospels in his left hand and makes the gesture of blessing with his right.

  • ID# 130-105-023-SP7-
  • Size 10 1/4 x 8 3/4 in (26 x 22 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890
  • Materials Egg tempera on silvered, tooled, and gessoed wood
  • Price $425
  • Orthodox Cross

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