Lost Icon Placed Stealthily to the Hermitage Doors

Icon on wood in a gilded silver frame. Four hallmarks: р.пчюйоойлпчя; бл1889; 84 and the emblem of the city of Moscow. 1889. Silver, pearls, enamel, beads, wood, painting. 33.5И29.0. Returned on August 8, 2006

The collection of the State Hermitage was “replenished” with another item, one of more than two hundred objects (at the moment the theft was discovered) that had disappeared from the Russian Art fund in summer 2006.

In the morning of October 6 the icon on wood of Our Lady of the Sign (Znamenie) was left at the doors of the museum. The icon was included on the list of stolen items as number 169. Thus, 32 objects were returned to the collection of the Hermitage.

According to the description on the museum site, the exhibit is 19th century image “in a gold-embroidered setting (oklad), riza of mother of pearl, decorated with glass, in a gilded silver frame with filigree and beading”.

Let us remind that in summer 2006 the police started the investigation of a big theft from the Russian Art fund. In March 2007 Nikolay Zavadsky, the only suspect, was accused of this crime. His wife worked for the Russian Art section of the Hermitage. Soon after the investigation had begun some of the antiquarians and collectors started to return the Hermitage items. Some of the artifacts were returned anonymously.

In November 2006 the Hermitage received the item number 17, the antique pocket watch that had been discovered in one of the pawnshops of the Petrogradskaya side. Since then not a single item has been found for almost two years. The Hermitage officials hope that the example of those who returned the icon will be followed by others.

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