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
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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.
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