Antique Icons at Millon Russian Art Auction

Antique Icons at Millon Russian Art Auction

The European auction house Millon will host an incredible Russian art auction on June 1, 2021. The event will take place at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris, France. Overall, there will be presented 311 rare and unique lots featuring wonderful pieces of Russian art and antique icons. The expert of the upcoming auction is Maxime Charron, a well-known Russian art and antique specialist and founder of Royal Provenance Gallery, which is located right in front of the famous Opéra Garnier in Paris. Now let’s take a closer look at some of the best Russian Orthodox icons that will be auctioned by Millon next week.

Rare antique icons at the upcoming Russian art auction

On June 1, Millon Russian art auction will offer a fabulous collection of precious jewelry, historical souvenirs, and even Maria Kuznetsova’s stage dress for the opera Eugene Onegin. Among other unique lots is an outstanding selection of fine art paintings, featuring Ivan Aivazovsky’s “An Oasis in Egypt,” artworks by Jacques Chapiro, unpublished paintings by Felix Varla, and many more.

Special attention will be paid to valuable antique icons that include icons of the Mother of God, Jesus Christ, and rare shrines depicting saints. Below is a closer look at six of them.

Lot 8 – Our Lady of the Sign

The exquisitely restored icon (pictured above) depicts the Mother of God with the Christ Child within a round aureole upon her breast. It is covered by the gilded silver oklad and richly decorated with colored gems and pearls.

Lot 13 – The Theotokos of Tolga

Another piece of the Mother of God antique icons is the Theotokos of Tolga. The icon comes in a gilded silver oklad with embossed and engraved decor and gems.

Antique Icons at Millon Russian Art Auction

Lot 25 – Icon of the Three Holy Hierarchs

The icon depicts Saint Basil, Saint Gregory, and Saint John. It is covered by a gilded silver oklad decorated with cloisonné and champlevé enamel. The reverse side is covered with brown velvet.

Antique Icons at Millon Russian Art Auction

Lot 33 – Icon of Saint Princess Olga

The antique icon covered by a silver oklad depicts Saint Princess Olga of Kiev with a cross in her hands. It comes from a private French collection.

Antique Icons at Millon Russian Art Auction

Lot 34 – Christ Emmanuel icon

This rare icon, which once belonged to Countess Maria de Donici, is likely based on the painting “Jesus” by the French artist Emile Munier. The shrine is covered by a silver and gilded oklad. The reverse side is covered with red cloth and embroidered with silver threads.

Lot 43 – Icon of Saint Blessed Prince Alexander Nevsky

The icon depicts Saint Blessed Prince Alexander Nevsky. It comes in a beautiful oklad in red and silver colors.

The upcoming Millon auction of Russian art in Paris offers an excellent opportunity to bid for truly magnificent artworks, including rare antique icons. Do not miss your chance to purchase a truly valuable shrine on June 1!

We Buy Icons and Antiques

Russian Icon is always looking to purchase authentic antique Russian icons and religious artifacts created in the 19th century or earlier. We are interested in all types of quality hand-painted icons and relics. Our team of professional experts has a wide range of knowledge in a variety of areas related to Eastern Orthodox Church icons and is able to handle the purchase of even the most valuable collection. Moreover, Russian Icon offers accurate, honest financial appraisals for all possible religious icon collections, ranging from full estates to single items. In other words, if you are looking to sell your antique icon or a whole collection, you are in the right place! Just let us know, and we will give you the true value of your Orthodox icon or religious artifact. We will be happy to handle any of your selling needs while providing an unrivaled personal service. At Russian Icon, we believe that no antique icon collection is too large!