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A pair of icons of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, Pskov School, 15th century

A pair of icons of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, Pskov School, 15th century

A pair of icons of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, Pskov School, 15th century

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A pair of icons of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, Pskov School, 15th century


depicting each Archangel in full length facing inwards over a yellow gesso ground

Archangel Michael 52 by 34cm, 20½ by 13⅜ in.; Archangel Gabriel 51.5 by 34cm, 20¼ by 13⅜ in.

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National Museum Fund (named as owner on NarKomPros label)

NarKomPros (People’s Committee for Enlightenment) no. 4826, located in Mertvyi Perulok 9, one hand written-label on the reverse of Archangel Gabriel (a similar sized label, in the same position, has clearly been removed from the reverse of Archangel Michael)

Tretyakov Gallery, painted inventory nos. 6192gtg and 6193gtg on reverse, Archangel Gabriel with label no. 108

Antiquariat, invoice nos. 18889 and 18890

The collection of George R. Hann: this icon was sold by the Bolsheviks to George R. Hann in the 1930s, in whose collection they remained until his death in 1979 and the below sale

Christie's New York, The George R. Hann Collection: Part One, 17-18 April 1980, lot 87

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

A. Avinoff, ‘The Story of Russian Icons’ in The Russian Orthodox Journal, July 1944, pp. 11-12, illustrated

H.P. Gerhard, Welt der Ikonen, Verlag Aurel Bongers, Recklingshausen, eds., 1957, plate, p. 131

H.P. Gerhard, Welt der Ikonen, Verlag Aurel Bongers, Recklingshausen, eds., 1963, pp. 138-139, illustrated

H.P. Gerhard, Welt der Ikonen, Verlag Aurel Bongers, Recklingshausen, eds., 1974, p. 164, illustrated

Skrobucha, Von Geist und Gestalt der Ikonen, Verlag Aurel Bongers, Recklingshausen, 1961, plate, p. 39

Wallace et al., Rise of Russia, Great Ages of Man Series, Time Inc., New York, 1967, plate, p. 111

Exhibition catalogue, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Russian Icons and Objects of Ecclesiastical and Decorative Arts from the Collection of George R. Hann, 12 Jan - 22 Feb 1944, nos. 6&7, p. 40, illustrated p. 48

Baltimore, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Golden Age of Russian Icons, May 1942, nos. 96 & 97
Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute, Collection of George R. Hann, 12 January – 22 February 1944, nos. 6 & 7
New York, Collection of George R. Hann, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 16 April – 30 September 1944
St Louis, The St Louis Art Museum, Russian Icons and Objects of Ecclesiastical and Decorative Arts, 15 September – 15 October 1945