Original antique icon of The Holy Prophet Elijah
This icon of the Holy Prophet Elijah was painted late 18th - early 19th century. Â As a point of interest, the icon comes with the original sales ticket fromÂ La Caucase: Fine Antiques and Russian Art in Santa Monica California. Â It was purchased in 1991 for $2250.00 and had a list price of $2750.00. Â The icon at this time was listed as 17th century, but I believe this to be a mistake. Â Rather the icon belongs the late 18th - early 19th century and has been restored using the "under ivory" technique (which often makes icons appear much earlier than they actually are). Â This particular technique of "restoration" uses solvents to remove the background paint and reveal the ivory colored gesso grounds. Â To be honest, suchÂ technique is very desirable and does, certainly, add a very nice effect to antique Russian icons. Â Â It is also noteworthy to mention that some of the gesso grounds on the face of the icon have been worn down and reveal the wooden panel itself, overall contributing to a beautiful aesthetic. Â The painting itself is in fantastic shape and denotes quality work. Â The varnish is near perfect (most likely revarnished at the time of restoration) and is probably a worn shellac. Â The panel is completely stable with both splines in place on the reverse. This would be a great addition to any home icon corner or for use in a parish where many faithful could appreciate such a lovely icon.
Holy Prophet Elijah, pray to God for us.Sized at 12" x 10" x 1 1/8"