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LOT 0416

GBP (£) 2,000 - 3,000
EUR (€) 2,330 - 3,500
USD ($) 2,430 - 3,640

Sold for (Inc. bp): £2,080

CIRCA 1880 A.D.
12 1/4 in. (1.18 kg, 31 cm high).

A wooden painted board with gessoed surface, naturalistic painting of Jesus's entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, passing through an arch in the city wall with celebrating crowds waving palm fronds; Jesus and Joseph shown with outline nimbus; heavily gilded interlaced border with rich turquoise field and polychrome detailing; title to the lower edge in Cyrillic script: 'Entrance of the Lord in Jerusalem'.

Property of a London lady, part of her family's collection.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by search certificate no. 11547-196367.

See Turtsova, N.M., The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Series 'Russian icon. Images and symbols' (in Russian), St. Petersburg, 2014.

The scene, painted in the style of late 19th-century romantic painters, represents a well-known part of the Gospels that describe the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. He makes a grand entrance into the city on a donkey to fulfil the prophesy of Zechariah, “Tell the city of Zion, look, your king is coming to you! He is humble and rides on a donkey and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”