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Emmanuel Benakis: A Russian icon of Christ Pantocrator with gilded silver and enamel oklad
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 197,000 USD
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Emmanuel Benakis: A Russian icon of Christ Pantocrator with gilded silver and enamel oklad
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 197,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Emmanuel Benakis: A Russian icon of Christ Pantocrator with gilded silver and enamel oklad
the oklad enameled with brightly colored stylized flowers and tear-drops enameled in bright turquoise, the corners with applied plaques with conforming ornament, the oklad Emilian Kuznetsov, Moscow, 1899-1908
12 1/4 x 10 3/8 in., 31.1 x 26.4 cm
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Provenance

Emmanuel Benakis (1843-1929)
Penelope Benakis Delta (1874-1941), his daughter
Thence by descent
Thereafter gifted to a family friend

Catalogue Note

Emmanuel Benakis (1843-1929), Greek merchant, philanthropist and politician, ordered this icon from Moscow together with an accompanying icon of the Mother of God sometime around 1900. The pair of icons hung in the bedroom he shared with his wife, Virginia Choremi Benaki (1848-1928) until the end of his life. The icons passed to his daughter, the author Penelope Delta, and thereafter to her descendants before being gifted to a family friend. The Benakis were one of the most prominent Greek families of the period: Emmanuel Benakis served in the Hellenic Parliament, and was a Minister of Agriculture and Industry as well as Mayor of Athens.  His son Antonis Benakis (1873-1954), influenced by his father’s ideals, donated his considerable collection and the family’s Athens mansion to the Greek nation. The Benaki Museum, home to one of the greatest collections of Greek art, opened to the public in 1931.

Important Silver, Vertu, and Russian Works of Art

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