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Russian Icons – gifts from above

Taken to be the Gospel in paint, Russian Icon painting are considered as expressions of Orthodox Christianity. With some even believed to miraculously “appear” as gifts from above, they are constructed to relate scripture visually rather than through the use of words. The subject matter of these paintings is a subtle blend of deep faith and the affairs of the everyday. Predominately painted on wood, many Icons are unsigned and not attributed to a particular artist or artists.

Philips Auctions are delighted to present twelve fine representative examples of this seldom offered historic art form; imbued with grace, spirituality and beauty.

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Zosima and Savvatiy have been recognised by the Russian Orthodox Church as saints since 1547. Depicted in tempera colours on a timber panel, with full length figures of the saints flanking the Solovetsy Monastery which they founded in the mid-15th century in the White Sea. ‘Mother of God of the Sign’ appears in clouds above; with descriptive Cyrillic script in the Church Slavonic language.

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The Hug Estate – A grand collection of fine objects

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Rosemary Eleanor Hug was a refined and extremely well presented woman who had a keen eye for beautiful objects. The Hug collection features a diverse range of eminent collectables ranging from exquisite decorative arts to substantial items of grand furniture.

Created largely from an intriguing tale of loss and stoicism, the collection had its beginnings in the sad story of Rosemary’s loss of husband and son within the space of a year, leading to her desire to surround herself with the consoling precious possessions she filled her home with.

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Master Mountain View


Ernest Buckmaster is well known for his arresting panoramic landscapes, often depicting Victoria's Yarra Valley and the Dandenongs near his home in Mt Evelyn. With exquisitely rendered water as a theme central to many of his works, including several views of the Sylvan Reservoir, he captures our landscape in a uniquely Australian manner.

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Spirited bidding delivers strong sales results at May Auction

Despite heavy rain and winds, the Fine and Decorative Arts Auction on Sunday May 1st 2016 delivered a full house of keen purchasers. A record number of quality items were offered with a substantial clearance rate of 90 plus percent providing a pleasing outcome for both buyers and sellers.

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Interest in this auction was so great that many items changed hands well above the estimate, reflecting a strong market for collectables, and in particular a large representation of Georgian Furniture. The collection of Deputy Chief Magistrate Patrick Street comprising many items of fine silverware is being offered in eight instalments, the first at this auction performing highly, producing sales of many gift worthy items.

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Prized Parrot for Purchase

Perched on the top of a finely crafted solid silver shaft, gold plated Polly strikes a rewarding pose.

Created by renowned Australian silversmith Stuart Devlin as a prestigious bird show award, the Polly Parrot Challenge Trophy depicts a small finely detailed gilt parrot placed on an intriguing moveable mount.


Constructed on a silver banded walnut base, the trophy is a rich piece which succeeds in combining four diverse elements in one unified whole. The silver trumpet like central shaft provides poise and balance to this uniquely proportioned object, with ten freeform wings forming a filigreed motif with ball finials, above which the quirkily undersized parrot sits in splendid isolation.

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