An icon of the two Metropolitans of Moscow, in a silver-gilt oklad, Mikhail Chein, Moscow, 1865
depicting St Peter and St Alexis; the oklad repoussé with scrolling foliage, struck with workmaster's initials, 84
31.2 by 26.5cm, 12¼ by 10½in.
The icon being inset into another panel in the 19th century (vrezka), some retouching throughout the painting, a larger patch of restoration visible in the scene in the lower left corner.
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