Can I sell icons from home?
To talk about such a complex topic, let’s turn to the story. Who knows how icons fell into people’s hands?
In fact, an icon could reach a person in several ways:
In large cities and with large churches there were workshops that painted icons. They didn’t draw, but wrote. People who had an education and specially studied icon painting. Each region had its own schools and workshops, which experts now determine by the features of painting on the icon. Each region had its own distinctive style. People came to these workshops and ordered there the icons that they needed. Naturally, this was not done for free. Money was paid for such icons, and sometimes not very small. Then on this icon, sometimes a salary was ordered – a metal cover made of brass and silver. She allowed the icon to survive longer. For those who sailed into the sea, special ship cases were ordered. They were so durable, made of metal and completely covered the icon from all sides. Thus, Vlad could not get inside. But for such pleasure, too, I had to pay not a small amount of money.
But how did the icons get to ordinary people? After all, they did not have money to pay workshops and order salaries. And as you know, icons used to be in every house. Everything is very simple. The so-called Bogomazes traveled through the villages and exchanged icons for eggs, potatoes and other products. Bogomazes could not paint icons at the level of good workshops. They had special tracing papers and simply redrawn them. Sometimes even, only hands and faces were drawn. A brass salary was worn on top and this still made the process of creating the icon cheaper. That is why the price of icons is different. It certainly depends on the state in which the icon has survived to our times. But, an even more important fact is who wrote the icon. It was painted in a workshop for a rich person, or was created with a small church in the village, a person who was not particularly able to draw.
There was still a time when icons were burned, temples also burned. And especially religious people took home the icons for storage. Sometimes in order to just save them, and others – for storage. Until the new temple is separated. Many have these icons and stayed at home.
Is it a sin to sell an icon? Should I just give it or give it to the temple? This is the right and decision of everyone. But it is worth thinking more carefully. Each temple already has many icons. At each church there is a repository in which icons lie and accumulate. Most likely, the church is in greater need of donations that will go to repair the roof and much more. Once, we were invited to see the icons in one such church. It was a terrible sight. A hot water pipe burst in the church because there was not enough money for repairs. Hot water went to the basement in which all the icons of the vault were stored. We arrived when there was no more water. But all the icons, and there were about a hundred, were whitened from boiling water, they became covered with plaque, and part of the painting was irretrievably lost. From what we saw6 nothing could be saved and restored. The Veda is very painful and sad for us when we see how part of our culture irrevocably dies from the fact that it does not find proper storage and attitude.
What are we doing? we sell icons and buy. We have our own workshop and restorers. Different people come to us. One needs to sell an icon. Others want to buy it. Sometimes people come to us from churches. But don’t think badly. They do not sell icons, they want to change sometimes. It so happens that in the church there can be many icons of one plot and not at all of another.
We also participate in the compilation of private collections of which later, many of our clients make museums. I am a believer, but I can also pray in a museum with a very old and soaped icon. Temples generally rarely display ancient icons inside. More often I come and see modern copies. And when you understand the authenticity of the icons, it is difficult to pray to the modern icon. Old icons have a certain aura, a certain energy. That is why people want to buy an old icon in their home. So it’s not better to sell the icon so that it later falls into the hands of the person who needs it exactly? Someone who can understand her. who is imbued with faith next to her, and to whom will she help reunite with God? And then it is better for the church to transfer part of the money in the form of a donation. I am sure she will be disgusting. Perhaps it is precisely such a person who makes the more important and correct decision – the decision to sell the icon.