'In Thee Rejoiceth'
Russia, first half 19th century
based on the hymn to the Mother of God written by John of Damascus and sung during the liturgy of St. Basil the Great: For you, full of grace, all of creation rejoices: the choir of angels and the family of man; the Virgin is depicted enthroned in heaven, against an elaborate church and flanked by a choir of angels and fantastic plants, all within a circular aureole; below, ranks of prophets, hierarchs and monks, led by St. John the Baptist, whilst at the foot of the Virgin's throne two Saints hold up unfurled scrolls
32 x 27cm (12 5/8 x 10 5/8in).