An icon "Christ Pantocrator" in a silver oklad. Volga region, Russia, late XVIII-early XIX century.

Lot 123
3 0003 500
Wood, gesso, tempera. Oklad: silver (without mark), chased, engraved. Size: 30X26 cm. High-quality and beautiful stylization of antiquity, executed by the old believers of the Volga region. The image of the Saviour is balanced in colors and dynamics of forms and generally reproduces the "Stroganov" shrill expression. The clay color of the face and cool tones of clothes are successfully combined with the sharp contours of the ornament and the smoothness of a "facial" painting. The silver oklad, made in the Empire style, certainly differs in tectonics from the early metal icon oklads, which were a traditional decoration for such icons. Nevertheless, the maker managed to decorate the oklad in a specific restrained archaic way. Thanks to this, the icon embodies a decorous matching of tradition and innovation. Condition: painting without restoration, deformations across the relief of the oklad, soldering on the upper side.