A LARGE AND FINE RUSSIAN ICON OF THE SIGN MOTHER OF GOD, CIRCA 1800. In this waist-up depiction of the Mother of God, the infant Christ (Emmanuel) is imposed upon her breast within a circular mandrola. On either side of the head of the Virgin is her Greek abbreviated title, Meter Theou. On the borders are depicted the Holy Martyrs George and James (top) and below the Venerable Makariy and Onuphrius. The lower margin with Slavonic inscription rendered in gold leaf, "A True Representation, Likeness and Measure of the Wonderworking Image of the 'Sign' Most Holy Mother of God Which is in Great Novgorod; painted in the year 1809." Together with a finely crafted, gilded, repoussed, and chased metal riza and halo. 22.5 inches x 21 inches (57 x 53.5 cm). In excellent condition.
Christie's London auction of December 17, 1998, lot 237, page 108, illustrated