Past Auction

Russian Works of Art

Wed, May 19, 2021 at 10am EDT |
New York
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16th Century Icon Achieves $81,900 as the Sale Total Surpasses the Pre-Sale Estimate

  • Successful Auction of Russian Works of Art on May 19, 2021
  • 16th Century Russian Icon Achieves $81,900 as the Sale Total Surpasses the Pre-Sale Estimate
  • We Invite You to Contact Us for Complimentary Auction Estimates for Your Russian Works of Art

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle held a successful auction of Russian Works of Art on May 19, 2021. The sale presented a range of property dating from the 15th century until the Russian Revolution in 1917. Offerings included Fabergé, silver and vertu, porcelain, glass, and sculpture from prominent estates and distinguished collections.

With competitive international bidding, the sale totaled a strong $337,680, surpassing the pre-sale estimate of $207,000-316,900, with 75% sold by lot and 100% by value.

An impressive provenance drove fierce competition on two Russian icons, sending the bidding soaring past their estimates. A 16th century icon from central Russia depicting Saint Nikita, Bishop of Novgorod and Monk John of Novgorod estimated at $3,000-5,000 achieved a staggering $81,900, and a 15th century northern Russian icon depicting Saints Nicholas, Demetrius of Thessaloniki, Sergius of Radonezh and Metrophanes estimated at $5,000-7,000 realized $37,800.

Both icons had provenance of George Hann (1890-1979), a pioneer in American air transportation who assembled what was regarded as the most important private collection of icons ever to come on the market. It is not known how Hann first became interested in Russian art, but his collection was acquired mostly in the 1930s, when many Imperial Russian treasures were sold by the Soviet government to foreign buyers.The icon depicting Saint Nikita icon bore the paper label of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

Hann displayed his collection, which also included Old Master paintings, furniture, sculpture and tapestries, at his home, "Treetops," outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He encouraged the use of his collection for educational and research purposes and welcomed scholars and students to his home. Hann devoted himself to the study of the historical and religious significance of his collection and visited Russia to view exceptional icons in Russian museums.

Special sections of the sale showcased Old Master & 19th Century Paintings & Drawings (Read More) and English & Continental Silver (Read More).

All prices include the Buyer's Premium.


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  • Collection of David G. Carter
  • Estate of Alexandra Lichine
  • Estate of Ambassador and Mrs. Evan G. Galbraith
  • Estate of Ann M. Osora
  • Estate of Loucel G. Lipman
  • Estate of Mildred C. Brinn
  • Estate of Miriam S. Poser
  • Estate of Nancy Hoguet Tilghman
  • Estate of Simonne Stone
  • Estates of WR Appleby and Elinor Appleby
  • Property from a Distinguished Private Collection
  • Property from a Distinguished Private Collection
  • Property from a New York Private Collection
  • Property from a Private Collection
  • Property from a Private Collection, Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Property from the Collection of Ambassador and Mrs. Alfred Hoffman, North Palm Beach
  • Property from the Descendants of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna
  • Property from The Estate of Dr. Alex Eliseo Asencio
  • Property from the Penthouse of a European Collector
  • Property of a New York Family
  • Property of a Private Collector, Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Property of a Private Collector, London, Fifth Avenue and Southampton, New York
  • Property of a Private Pennsylvania Collection
  • Property of an European Private Collector
  • The Collection of Joseph Cicio
  • The Estate of a Los Angeles Family
  • The Estate of Catherine Ann Moore Cavanaugh
  • The Estates of Harvey and Ruth Spear

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