Large 20″ Antique 19th C Russian Silver Over Copper Repousse Icon


A very good and fine antique 19th century Russian silver over copper repousse icon having a heavily hammered oklad depicting a biblical scene with the tree of life being a central part of the scene, the whole mounted on a wooden cloth covered panel. This is a very beautiful and interesting icon, especially given its large size and fine repousse details; this is one of the nicest quality that I have come across!

Especially unique and special is the tree of life that is central to the icon where one can clearly see numerous small acorns, reminding one that as Thomas Fuller’s in his Gnomologia, from 1732, stated that, “The greatest Oaks have been little Acorns.”, or an even earlier variant of this ‘mighty oaks from little acorns grow’ are found in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, dated 1374.

Come take a look at this wonderful piece in person at our historic showroom located at 137 Stockton St., Hightstown, NJ 08520!

Dimensions: 20″ high, 15 3/4″ wide / long and 1 1/4″ deep.

Condition: Wear consistent with age and use. Wear to fabric including a tear at the bottom left corner where a small part of the wood paneling can be seen. The icon itself has the commensurate dents, nicks, chips, scratches, stains, mars, tarnishing, larger holes to the right side as nail holes, and wear to silver coating to where one can see the copper come through (probably from cleaning or touching), as expected with age, material and use. See pictures as they are a part of the condition report!

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Shipping: Complimentary shipping in the contiguous continental USA! Please contact us for a shipping price to Alaska or Hawaii.


SKU: K-3296