This year marks the 400th Anniversary of the founding of the Romanov Dynasty in 1613, and the sale of Russian Works of Art includes a number of lots offered in celebration of the quadricentenary. Foremost among these is the Fabergé silver clock formed as a griffin, heraldic symbol of the Romanovs, which was presented by Emperor Nicholas II to Félix Silvestre, who accompanied French President Emile Loubet to Russia during the historic State Visit of 1902.
The sale will also feature a copper charger produced by the Imperial Stroganov School in the early 20th century, with Russian folk scenes enamelled in the school’s distinctive Art Nouveau style. A further highlight is an extremely rare icon signed by a late 16th century master of the Cretan school, George Klontzas. His Venetian training is evident in the modelling alla latina in the figures of the Three Cappadocian Hierarchs, while the aesthetic and subject remain firmly Byzantine alla greca.