SKINNER Fine Judaica Sale 2456
May 21, 2009
Detail from Henri Guttmann’s Hebraica, Documents d’Art Juif.
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The Salomon collection is described and illustrated in Apollo; A Journal of the Arts, in 1929 as a “Jewish Museum” temporarily housed at the International Art Galleries, 33 St. James’s Street, London. Exhibited were approximately 500 pieces of a stated larger collection acquired by Schachne Moses Salomon. The article states the intent of Mr. Salomon to present the contents of his Jewish museum to the British Nation, to “be housed in Jerusalem under the protection of the British flag.” The items can also be seen in situ in the London and Paris galleries, shown more as art then to display their intended ceremonial use. The circumstances that brought the collection to sale in New York cannot be known, but in the prefatory note to the 1949 auction, the collection is described as “the most important corpus of Jewish silver ever to be offered at public sale in America.” It does appear that this 1949 auction was one of the first major collections devoted entirely to Judaica to come to the market at an American auction house, and would be followed by the Davidowitz (1954) and Castelbolognesi (1957) sales prior to 1960. Comprising 248 lots of Torah ornaments, Hanukkah lamps, spice containers, and textiles, the catalogue was prepared with the assistance of Dr. Guido Schoenberger of the Jewish Museum of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. The sale proceeds totaled $45,750. Skinner is pleased to offer items from 37 of these original lots for auction.
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1. (American Judaica) Collection of Sixteen Color Die Cuts, New York, Hebrew Publishing Company, Fuld & Co., etc., early 20th century, colorful depictions of Jewish holidays, festivals, traditions, American immigration and Zionism. $300-500 2. (American Judaica) Group of Confederate Currency and Bonds, 1862-63, each bearing the portrait of Judah Benjamin, comprising three $2 notes, one $100 bond, three $500 bonds and a $1000 bond, all with some redemption tickets attached. $300-500 3. (Anglo-Judaica) Prayer for the Recovery of HIS MAJESTY THE KING to be Read in the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogues, London, 5689-1928; and The Throne of The Lord in Israel, Canada, 1937, tracing the King’s genealogy. $50-75 4. (Bezalel) Two Issues of the Quarterly Review for “Bezalel” Art, Present, Past and Future, Jerusalem, 1928, Bezalel Archives, Nr. 1, Vol. 1 and Nr. 2, Vol. 1; pamphlets containing reviews, articles, testimonials, subscriber lists, product advertisements, etc., (old tape repairs). $300-400 5. (Bible) Bonneh, Shmuel, Thirty & Eight Gates to the Bible, Israel, 1983, 174/350 numbered and signed by the artist, folio of stylized typeface and lithographic illustrations, linen binding. $200-300 6. (Bible) King, Ronald, The Song of Solomon, Guildford: Circle Press Publications, 1968, 74/150 signed by the artist, unbound folio, red cover, black slipcase, includes forty full-page and textual color illustrations. $250-350 7. (Bible) Pann, Abel, The Bible in Pictures, Jerusalem-Vienna: The Palestine Art Publishing, Co., 1926, folio, twenty-four facsimile prints from pastels by Abel Pann, (wear, rebound). $300-400 8. Chagall, Marc, Jerusalem Windows, New York: George Braziller/Andre Sauret, 1962, first American edition, folio, original red cloth, Mylar protected dust jacket, in publisher’s slipcase; includes two original colored lithographs done expressly for this edition, text and notes by Jean Leymarie, (owner’s bookplate removed). $1,000-1,500 9. (Children’s) Nine Sheets of Paper Cut-outs, Israel, 1940s-50s, colorful transportation, farmyard and domestic scenes by artists F. Ruschkewitz and Erna Kneller, in an album, sheet size 9 3/4 x 13 1/2 in. $600-800
10. (Chinese Jewry) Two Volumes, Lowenthal, Rudolf, “Jews in China,” in The Chinese Social and Political Science Review, Vol. XXIV, No. 2, July-Sept. 1940, (wear); Tobar, Jerome, Inscriptions Juives de K’ai-Fong-Fou, Chang-Hai, 1900, (discoloration, foxing). $200-300 11. (Haggadah) The Kaufmann Haggadah, Facsimile Edition of MS 422, Budapest: Publishing House of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1957, numbered 238/720 leather-bound editions, Yudlov 4500; with the Haggadah of Sarajevo, Belgrade, 1953, Yudlov 4333. $200-300 12. (Haggadah) A Peszachi Hagadah, Kondor Ignacz, Budapest, printed by Singer & Wolfner, 1899, 8vo, Yudlov 2085, (wear). $100-150 13. (Haggadah) Service for the First Nights of Passover, Loewy, Dr. Joseph and Joseph Guens. Tel-Aviv, Sinai Publishing, 1957, with forty illustrations by Ze’ev Raban, pictorial paper boards, Yudlov 4526, (wear). $200-300 14. (Haggadah) Haggadah for Passover Copied and Illustrated by Ben Shahn, Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1965. $150-250
15. (Haggadah) Collection of Nine Illustrated Passover Haggadah, 1940s-70s, including Saul Raskin (1941); Z. Livni (1955); Siegmund Forst (1958); Abraham Israel (1959); An Archaeological... (1970); Passover Haggadah... Orden de la Agada de Noche (1970); Moshe Raviv (1970); Parenzo (1975); Israel Haggadah... (1970), various sizes and conditions. $400-600 16. (Haggadah) Seder Haggadah Shel Pesach, Basel, 1816, 4to, decorative paper boards, illustrations throughout, Yudlov 565, (wear). $300-500 17. (Haggadah) Haggadah Shel Pesach, Offenbach, 8vo, marbleized paper boards, illustrations throughout, (stains), Yudlov 480; Yaari 332. $400-600 18. (Haggadah) Haggadah Shel Pesach, Berlin, 1790s, 8vo, paper boards, with numerous printed illustrations, (lacking partial title page). $400-600
24. Italian Illuminated Marriage Contract (Ketubah), Ancona, dated 1853, arched form with blocks of stylized text within floral and ribbon garland and delicate flower border, 21 1/2 x 14 1/2 in., matted and framed. $2,500-3,000
25. Italian Illuminated Marriage Contract (Ketubah), Rome, 1851, rectangular form with extended lower edge with blocks of neat text within bold borders of flowerheads and foliage, a ribbon-tied garland and bouquets, 29 x 18 in., matted and framed. $4,000-6,000
26. (Liturgy) Seder Ha-Mahzor Helek Rishon Ke-Minbag ‘ashkenazim, Sulzberg, Germany: Zalman b. Aaron, late 18th century, folio, marbleized boards, contains the prayers for the year for the Jewish services and devotions according to the Ashkenazic tradition, frontispiece with scene of Moses and Aaron amidst vignettes of the Zodiac. $500-700
19. (Haggadah) Two Copies, Form of Services for the first two nights..., New York: Hebrew Publishing Company, 1921, Yudlov 2838, compliments of Yeshiva of Bensonhurst; Hagada, The Narrative of Israel’s Redemption..., New York: Hebrew Publishing Company, 1928, Yudlov 3149. $250-350
27. (Maps) Group of Six 17th, 18th, and 19th Century Maps of the Holy Land, Palaestina by Mons. D’Anville, London, 1794; Judaea Seu Palaestinia by Johann Baptista Homann, c. 1707; Facies Palaestinae ex Monumentis..., Christopher Weigel, Nuremberg, c. 1720; Jan Jansson, Amsterdam, c. 1652; Untitled [PALESTINE AND ARABIA], London, 1736, by Emanuel Bowen, various sizes, printings, and conditions, some trimmed, some with hand-coloring. $1,000-1,500
20. (Jewish Art) Guttmann, Henri, Hebraica: Documents d’Art Juif, Paris: A. Calvas, [?1930], First edition, 4to, brown buckram binding.
28. Olivers, Thomas, “A Hymn to the God of Abraham,” Nottingham: S. Cresswell, 1775, sung by the Priest, Signior Leoni, at the Jew’s Synagogue in London, pamphlet, 8 pp.
Note: The first twenty-four plates illustrate articles from the Salomon collection, many of which are included for sale in this auction. $1,000-1,500
Note: Leoni was the stage name of the Jewish cantor Meier Leon. He adapted the song into the Jewish hymn “Yaigdal” for his synagogue. $100-200
21. (Jewish Art), Narkiss, Mordechai, The Hanukkah Lamp, Jerusalem: Bney Bezalel Publishing, Co., 1939, cloth, edition limited to 400, (minor foxing, wear to spine, boards). $800-1,200
29. (Photography) Carmi, Boris (Russian/Israeli, 1914-2002), Fishermen, Jaffa, 1979, gelatin-silver print, signed in English l.l., approx. 15 x 10 1/2 in.
22. (Jewish Art) The Renowned Collection of Jewish Ritual Silver Belonging to Mrs. Mira Salomon, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, December 6, 1949, black and white photographs, 66 pp., rebound. $200-300 23. (Kabbalah) Kabbalistic Paper Kamiah (Amulet), Jerusalem: Zuckerman, 1914, “PROTECTION FOR SUCCESS AND FOR CHILDBEARING WOMEN AND FOR ALL BAD THINGS” printed in terra-cotta ink with Kabbalistic symbols, mystical writings and text, 22 1/4 x 17 in., matted and framed. $400-600
Literature: Kaniuk, Yoram, Boris Carmi: Photographs from Israel, Munich: Prestel, 2004. $500-700
30. (Photography) Carmi, Boris (Russian/Israeli, 1914-2002), Yemenites Cooking, Transit Camp Rosh Ha'ayin, early 1950s, gelatin-silver print, signed in Hebrew, approx. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. Literature: Kaniuk, Yoram, Boris Carmi: Photographs from Israel, Munich: Prestel, 2004. $500-700
31. (Photography) Carmi, Boris (Russian/Israeli, 1914-2002), Druse Harvesting Tobacco, Kibbutz Idmit at the Lebanese Border, 1957, gelatin-silver print, signed in English, approx. 12 1/4 x 11 in. Literature: Kaniuk, Yoram, Boris Carmi: Photographs from Israel, Munich: Prestel, 2004. $500-700
32. (Photography) Carmi, Boris (Russian/Israeli, 1914-2002), a street building scene, possibly Arawa Desert, 1950s, gelatin-silver print, signed in Hebrew, approx. 13 x 10 1/2 in. $500-700
33. (Photography) Carmi, Boris (Russian/Israeli, 1914-2002), Shotput, gelatin-silver print, signed in English, approx. 13 x 10 3/4 in. $500-700
34. (Photography) Carmi, Boris (Russian/Israeli, 1914-2002), Ramat Aviv, North of Tel Aviv, 1950s, gelatin-silver print, signed in Hebrew, approx. 12 x 9 1/2 in. Literature: Kaniuk, Yoram, Boris Carmi: Photographs from Israel, Munich: Prestel, 2004. $500-700
35. (Photography) Carmi, Boris (Russian/Israeli, 1914-2002), Two gelatin-silver prints, Bomber, identified on verso in Hebrew, approx. 8 1/2 x 6 7/8 in.; and Building, signed in Hebrew and identifed on verso in Hebrew, approx. 10 x 8 in. $800-1,000
36. No lot.
37. (Postcards) Album of Eight-six Jewish New Year’s Postcards, early 20th century, including representations of artwork by F. Kaskeline and St. Bender, in an album. $2,000-2,500
38. (Postcards) Album of Fifty-seven Postcards Depicting Jewish Life, late 19th/early 20th century, including representations of Jewish customs and rituals after paintings by Daniel Oppenheim, Hermann Junker, and H. Elkan, in an album. $1,500-2,000 39. Raban, Ze’ev, “Chad Gadya [One Kid],” Jerusalem, B’nei Bezalel, 1926, ten hand-colored illustrated pages, rendition of the song sung at the conclusion of the Passover Seder, musical notes and publisher’s advertisement at end. Note: With charming full color illustrations, this volume was marketed specifically for children. $1,500-2,000 40. (Raban) Midrashic Verse, Jerusalem, early 20th century, woodblock printed “If You Will Observe the (Practice of) Shabbat Candles, I Will Show You the Candles of Zion” in blue stylized lettering on a background of aqua trailing vines, (slight discoloration, adhesive marks), image 6 1/2 x 11 3/4 in., matted. $250-350 41. (Raban) Advertisement for “Lord” Jaffa Oranges, color lithograph, artist’s proof, image 14 1/2 x 20 1/4 in., (not examined out of frame). $800-1,200 42. (Raban, Ze’ev) Shir Hasharim—The Song of Songs, Jerusalem: Hasefer, 1923, decorative title, hand-tinted highlights and twenty-five color plates, original gilt vellum binding, identified in Raban’s hand “no. 63” of 500, and signed in ink by Raban, (wear, chipping, foxing, etc.). $300-400 43. Steinhardt, Jakob, Neun Holzschnitte zu ausgewählten Versen aus dem Buche Jeschu ben Elieser ben Sirah mit einer Einleitung von Arnold Zweig, Berlin, 1929, text in Hebrew and German with woodcut illustrations by Steinhardt, one of 800 copies pencil signed by the artist, paper boards, vellum spine. $200-300
44. Galician Silver, Silver-gilt, Filigree, and Niello Book Binding, Krakow, early 19th century, tax stamp for Lwow (Lemberg), 1810-1824, rectangular form with applied niello panels, filigree, enamelwork, and a cartouche inscribed in Hebrew, filigree hasps, (areas of loss to filigree, enamel loss, damages), ht. 5 3/4 in. Provenance: Sold Parke-Bernet, “The Renowned Collection Belonging to Mrs. Mira Salomon,” New York, December 6, 1949, lot 3, illustrated Guttmann, Henri, Hebraica, Documents d’Art Juif, Paris: A. Calvas, [?1930], pl. XXII. $2,500-3,500
45. Italian Silver Binding, 19th century, apparently unmarked, cast and chased throughout with scrolling vines, foliage, and flowerheads, roundels front and verso with monogram, containing part two of the Day of Atonement prayer book published in Leghorn, c. 1861, (lacking hinges), ht. 8 3/4 in.
49. Russian Silver Presentation Cigarette Case, Moscow, 190817, rectangular, one side mounted with two rose gold names, Yiddish and Star of David, the other side engraved with flowers and Cyrillic inscription dated 1922, with green stone cabochon latch, lg. 5 in. $200-300
Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 96, illustrated Hebraica, pl. XXII. $2,000-3,000 46. Russian Silver Presentation Purse, Moscow, 1908-17, rectangular, lid applied with a rose gold plaque engraved in Yiddish, with Art Nouveau engraved flower stems, underside engraved with names, and dated 1912, with green stone cabochon latch, link chain handle, purse wd. 4 1/2 in. $200-300 47. Pewter Bowl, 18th/19th century, with Hebrew lettering to rim, dia. 8 1/4 in. $75-125
50. Silver Pen Case and Inkwell, Ottoman Empire, c. 1876-1909, fully marked, of typical form, engraved with Hebrew text amidst geometric and foliate designs, lg. 10 1/4 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 89. $1,000-1,500 51. Polish Silver, Silver-gilt, and Filigree Circumcision Knife, first quarter 19th century, marked, tapered double-edge knife with a cylindrical handle applied with filigree and terminating in a foliate finial, lg. 6 1/2 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 24. $1,500-2,000
48. Israel 25th Anniversary Platinum State Medal, 1 troy oz. pure platinum, boxed with a David Ben-Gurion Commemorative Coin three-coin set from 1974, cased. $500-700
52. Small Polish-style Silver Cased Megillah, apparently unmarked, cylindrical case with Purim scenes, roller headed by bosses, hand-lettered black ink on skin scroll of Esther, overall ht. 5 in. $700-900
58. Bronze Judenstern Hanging Lamp, 19th century, turned support with star-form lamp above a drip-pan, ht. 22 in., with ratchet support, (repairs). $600-800
52A. Metal Filigree Cased Megillah, 20th century, containing a printed ink on vellum scroll of Esther, lg. 11 in., a Russian-style silver and silver filigree Torah pointer, lg. 11, and a Tibetan prayer wheel. $300-500
59. Swiss Glass and Brass Mounted Paperweight Desk Clock, 20th century, the dial decorated with Hebrew numerals, and Moses holding the tablets, on an articulated base and domed octagonal foot, ht. 6 in. $800-1,200
53. Silver Snuff Box with Kotel Scene, marked “84,” rectangular hinged box engraved with scene of the Kotel and Hebrew inscription, lg. 2 1/8 in. $300-400 54. British Silver Presentation Key, Birmingham, J.F. maker, presented to B.L. Cohen on the occasion of his opening the New Building in Widegate Street, London on 22 March 1896, lg. 51/8 in., fitted box. Note: Sir Benjamin Louis Cohen, Baronet (1844-1909) was a British businessman, member of Parliament, and philanthropist for Jewish charities. He was president of the Board of Guardians for the Relief of the Jewish Poor from 1887-1900. $2,000-2,500 55. Judaic Silvered Pocket Watch, case with relief scene of Moses with tablets, dial enameled with Hebrew numerals and Star of David, subsidiary dial, chain, dia. 1 7/8 in. $400-600 56. Congregation B’Nai Jeshurun 100th Anniversary Commemorative Bronze Medal, New York, c. 1925, with edifice of the architecturally significant structure, dia. 4 in. $200-400 57. Pair of Polish Silver Tefillin Cases, finely engraved with vignettes of village life and animals amidst a leaf-banded background, ht. 2 1/8 in., with two leather tefillin. $700-900
60. Austro-Hungarian Silver Cased Megillah, Vienna, c. 18661872, case with bright-cut scrolls and monogrammed cartouche, with an openwork crown finial and reeded handle with Renaissance-style motifs, the scroll hand-lettered ink on parchment, (damp damage, handle bent), overall lg. 11 3/4 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 38. $2,000-2,500
61. Limoges Porcelain Seder Plate, France, early 20th century white ground with gold gilt elements of the Seder and rim, dia. 11 in. $250-350
62. Two British Ceramic Seder Plates, late 19th/20th century, Ridgways Tepper blue transfer decorated “Matzah” plate, (rim flake), dia. 9 3/4, and a Coalport blue printed plate titled in Hebrew “We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt...You shall relate the story to your son on this day,” dia. 10 1/4 in. $300-500
63. Bronze Hebrew Orphan Asylum Commemorative Medal, Jan Elion, Amsterdam, c.1865, Inscribed, NEDERL ISRAELITISCH JONGENS WEESHUIS TE AMSTERDAM|PLEGTIG GEOPEND 4 IJAR 5625 30 APRIL 1865, dia. 2 5/8 in. $300-500
64. German Pewter Passover Plate, 18th century, engraved with figures of the four sons amidst tulips and stems to center, the border inscribed with pertinent Hebrew text to edge accented with a lamb and crown, with sawtooth inner and outer rim, dia. 17 1/4 in.
73. German Anti-Semitic Pottery and Pewter Mounted Stein, early 20th century, crème ground molded in relief with green and brown highlights, inscribed “Dieser pflug war nicht so schwer wenn Levy Cohn und Schmul nicht war,” ht. 9 in. $300-500
Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 147. $3,000-4,000 65. Large Capo di Monte Porcelain Passover Seder Plate, Italy, 20th century, white ground embossed, transfer and hand painted with relevant scenes and Hebrew inscription, centered with a Star of David, (small rim chip), dia. 14 3/4 in. $400-600 66. German Pewter Passover Plate, depicting a scene of Moses’ rescue from the banks of the Nile, with Hebrew text to the rim, dia. 13 1/2 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 140. $400-600 67. Two British Tepper Transfer Decorated Pottery Passover Dishes, Ridgways, early 20th century, a blue transfer dish and a black transfer rimmed soup, each labeled “Matzah” in Hebrew and with scenes of the Passover story or Service of the Seder, dia. 10 in., and 9 3/4 in. $200-400 68. Red Embroidered Silk Challah Cover, square form with crown and appropriate Hebrew text, braided surround, 20 x 17 in. $200-300 69. Embroidered Silk and Mercantized Cotton “Matzah” Bag, ecru ground with Hebrew text and flower-filled baskets surrounding a black ram, aqua fringe, dia. 13 1/4 in. $400-600 70. Reuven Rubin Silver Medallion, depicting a portrait sketch of the artist and his dates, 1893-1974, a tree verso, mounted within a silver frame with bezel, dia. 2 3/8 in. $200-300 71. Embroidered Velvet Tefillin Bag, Palestine, early 20th century, decorated with scenes of the Kotel in colorful thread on a navy blue ground, (spotting), lg. 9 1/2 in. $400-600 72. Limoges Faience Decoree Passover Seder Plate, France, c. 1915, ecru ground with transfer decoration of a family scene, Hebrew lettering pertaining to the Seder and gilt Star of David motifs, dia. 11 3/4 in. $300-500
74. Chilean Silver Presentation Silver Salver, mid-20th century, marked “Hecho Amano, .900,” oval form inscribed in Hebrew with an inscription pertaining to a Jewish Educational Institution, (one foot replaced), lg. 10 1/2 in. $150-250 75. Painted Tin Chevra Kadisha Plaque, Hungary, c. 1887, rectangular form with neat Hebrew text instructing in the prayers for burial, (wear), 26 1/2 x 38 in. $1,500-2,000 76. Copper Laver, of typical form with banded rim, two handles, and inscribed in Hebrew, ht. 7 1/4 in. $400-600 77. Czechoslovakian Painted Ceramic Caricature Group, 1920s, depicting two men in conversation, one in traditional Jewish garb, the other in contemporary European dress, (professionally restored), ht. 12 in. $400-600 78. Three Judaic Articles, 19th century, HaMelech Megillah, ink on parchment, three membranes, ht. 11 1/4; Yeates, T., The Hebrew Grammar with Principal Rules, London, 1812, fourth edition, marbleized boards; and a copper hanging memorial lamp with later applied Star of David finial, ht. 4 1/4 in. $100-200 79. Perforated Paper Mizrach, dated 1896, rectangular format with birds, Cyprus trees, and the temple facade, in colored wools, (fiber loss), approx. 15 1/2 x 21 1/2 in., in a period giltwood frame. $300-400 80. Rare Early Bronze Shabbat Lamp, probably Germany, 17th century, star form with circular rimmed drip pan, ht. 8 in. $2,000-4,000 81. Continental Gros Point and Petit Point Embroidery of Moses, late 19th century, depicted holding forth the tablets, surmounted by a crown and Hebrew lettering, (some fiber loss), 20 1/2 x 23 1/2 in., in a period giltwood frame. $500-700
81A. Copper Table Lamp and Covered Container, probably Egypt or Damascus, late 19th century, the lamp with kerosene insert and pierced shade, inscribed throughout in Hebrew, ht. 16 1/2, a bowl with pierced lid, similarly decorated, ht. 9 in.; sold with a bronze wall bracket for a glass lamp. $200-300 82. Anti-Semitic Figural Painted Bisque Vase, Germany, c. 19001920, modeled as a peddlar with his wares to sell, with open mouth, ht. 3 1/2 in. $200-300
83. Painted Linen Torah Binder (Wimpel), Alsace-Lorraine, c. 1883, with bold decoration depicting the cycle of life, in a Lucite case. $1,000-1,500 84. Large German Bronze Eight-Light Sabbath Lamp, 19th century, scrolling candle arms festooned with flowerheads and birds, (fitted for electricity), ht. 52, dia. 25 in. $1,500-2,000
85. Silver Plated Dish for Passover Haroset, circular dish raised on ram-form supports, ht. 1 3/4 in. $50-75 86. German Gold-washed Silver Covered Cup, maker and city marks rubbed, lid with Vienna import mark c. 1868-72, cylindrical cup chased and embossed with two biblical scenes including Moses and the Golden Calf, offset with foliate scrolls hung with fruit garlands, with lobing to base, on three ball feet, the lid with putto finial and scalloped edge, ht. 8 in. $800-1,200
87. Russian Silver-gilt Cup and Cover, Moscow, mid to late 18th century, maker possibly T. Suluyanov, assayer untraced, with Italian .800 silver guarantee mark for 1810-72, lobed lid, body, and foot, engraved with acanthus throughout, lid with finial formed as a cherub with a horn on cutwork base, body with carved fruitwood stem accented with pique and flanked by further cutwork, ht. 10 1/8 in. $400-600
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88. German Baroque-style Silver Kiddush Cup, Portugal, 20th century, marked .833 fine, paneled form with flowerheads and ovals, raised on a domed circular foot, ht. 5 1/4 in. $300-500 89. Set of Six British Sterling Silver Kiddush Cups, Birmingham, 1919, J. R. maker, goblet form with bright-cut Star of David motifs, (one damaged), ht. 5 in. $200-400 90. Russian Silver Kiddush Cup, likely Kronstadt, 18th century, beaker-form, engraved with flower stems and a Hebrew inscription, ht. 2 5/8 in. $1,800-2,200 91. Austro-Hungarian Silver Kiddush Cup, mid-19th century, apparently unmarked, flaring cylindrical form with vertical engineturned bands, engraved with rocaille cartouche enclosing inscription, and dated “10 October 1855-1880,” ht. 3 1/4 in. $500-700 92. Two Silver Kiddush Cups and a Silver Filigree Mezuzah, comprising an English kiddush cup, London, 1927, maker’s mark MP, engraved with Star of David band, ht. 3 1/4, an Israeli filigree mezuzah, lg. 5, and a Bier, Israel modernist kiddush cup, with applied script, tapering cylindrical form with six pipes between cup and foot, presentation inscription dated 1967, ht. 4 in. $100-150 93. Silver Kiddush Cup, .800 fine, beaker form, monogrammed and inscribed from the Spinoza Loge No. 5 in Baden, and dated 1916, on three ball feet, ht. 4 in. $200-250 94. Three Silver Kiddush Cups, 19th/20th century, two AustroHungarian, one German, each on spreading circular foot with heavily cast or repoussé foliage, ht. 4 1/4 to 6 1/4 in. $300-500 95. German Silver Kiddush Cup, Schwabisch Gmund, early 20th century, marked .800 fine, Gebruder Kuhn, maker, goblet-form with inverted pear-shaped bowl with engraved Hebrew inscription, with paneled, slender stem, on weighted domed foot, ht. 7 3/8 in. $2,000-3,000 96. Four Silver Kiddush Cups, late 19th century, a Russian stemmed kiddush cup, Moscow, maker possibly Andrei Andreev Aleksandrov, conical bowl engraved with medallion flanked by flower stems, ht. 6 1/8, a French .950 beaker, engine-turned with classical band and engraved “Jean,” ht. 3, a German .800 silver beaker, engine-turned with classical band, engraved in Hebrew and dated 1930, ht. 3 1/2, and a Viennese lidded cup, 1826, Braun, maker, ht. 2 5/8 in. $300-500
97. European Silver Kiddush Cup, untraced hallmark, late 18th/early 19th century, flaring bowl engraved with flat leaves over a diamond-cut band, on knopped stem, and foot with canted corners and concave sides, ht. 6 in. $200-400 98. American Coin Silver Presentation Kiddush Cup, apparently unmarked, dated 1857, goblet inscribed a “Token of acknowledgment Presented to Mr. J. Sheonbron By the Board of Directors of Noyoth Institute Tishri 1st 5618” within cartouche, (wear), ht. 5 1/2 in.; together with a Grossjean & Woodward mug inscribed to Rizpah Fone Heydenfeldt, a coin silver goblet, a Revere sterling goblet and an Austro-Hungarian silver goblet with Hebrew inscription. Note: Cincinnati, Ohio, is the oldest Jewish community west of the Alleghenies, and in the mid-19th century was the third largest Jewish community in America. The Noyoth Institute was founded in 1855 by congregation Bene Israel. $300-500 99. Two Silver Charity Boxes, Austro-Hungary and Germany, late 19th/20th century, Austro-Hungarian box of tapered form with allover chased scrollwork, slot to hinged lid with lock and handle, ht. 4; and a German cup-form charity container with hinged lid, ht. 3 1/4 in. $300-500 100. Four Lithographed Tin Charity Boxes, Palestine, 1920s, two large blue and white Jewish National Funds (JNF) boxes, a small blue and white JNF “Redeem the Land of Israel” box, and a yellow and red United Charity Institutions of Jerusalem box; together with a leatherette and brass-tone book-form box “help to Support the Sacred Hebron Yeshivah,” ht. to 7 in. $600-800 101. Bronze Charity Container, cylindrical hinged form with handle to side and two coin slots to top, with Hebrew lettering pertaining to the act of charity, ht. 5 1/2 in. $1,000-1,500 102. Austro-Hungarian Silver and Silver-gilt Etrog Box, Vienna, ?1844, rectangular stacked body on stylized square feet, hinged lid with locking mechanism and fruit-form finial, gilt interior, finely chased with leaves and birds overall, ht. 4 3/4 in. $800-1,200 103. German Art Deco Silver and Parcel-gilt Etrog Box, .800 fine, also stamped with 1920s Polish marks, ovoid form with hinged lid and overall repoussé and chased decoration of scrolls, fruit, and foliage, on four ball feet, retailed by Stumpf & Sohn, (wear to gilding), lg. 5 1/8 in. $800-1,200 104. Austro-Hungarian Silver Etrog Box, Vienna, dated 1831, rectangular form with hinged lid finely chased with flowers and foliage, concave body on molded base with anthemion and leaftip decoration, lg. 5 3/4 in. $500-700
105. German Silver Tower-form Spice Container, marked .800 fine, cylindrical form with turrets, slender stem, domed circular foot cast with scroll-work and flowers, ht. 7 1/2 in. $500-700 106. Four Tower-form Spice Containers, 20th century, comprising a German sterling example, engraved with leaves and Stars of David, ht. 9 3/8, an .800 example with oval body pierced with vine, ht. 8 1/8, an .800 example with hexagonal body stamped with vines, ht. 7 3/4, and a silver plate tower, ht. 8 1/4 in. $500-700
107. Four Silver Tower-form Spice Containers, 20th century, two with Hebrew text to spice compartments (one .800, one .900), ht. 7 and 7 3/8, a sterling example with cast filigree, ht. 5 1/2, and an .835 example with floral engraving, ht. 9 1/2 in. $500-700 108. Austrian-style Silver Tower-form Spice Container, solid center section with applied filigree, above a spreading ribbed base, surmounted by birds and a spire with engine-turned details, and pennant flag, (adapted), ht. 10 in. $600-800
109. Polish Silver Spice Container, mid-19th century, marked “12,” round pierced top with foliate motif, on a ribbed wirework scrolled base, (lacking finial), ht. 4 3/4 in. $400-600
113. Four Personal Spice Containers, 18th/19th century, silver nutform, ivory nut-form, miniature filigree, and miniature balusterform, ht. to 1 1/2 in. $400-600
110. Russian Silver Sunflower-form Spice Container, Vilnius, c. 1865, maker’s mark rubbed, formed as a flowerhead on a naturalistically cast stem with leaves, domed spreading circular foot, (minor losses), ht. 8 1/2 in.
114. Polish Silver Filigree Spice Container, first half 19th century, marked “12,” foliate finial above a cylindrical case, on a solid and filigree domed base, ht. 5 1/2 in.
Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 63; illustrated Hebraica, pl. XIII. $1,200-1,800 111. Small Silver and Silver Filigree Tower-form Spice Container, late 18th/early 19th century, tax stamp for Vienna, c. 1810-1824, central spice compartment with turrets, base raised on four saber legs, surmounted by a tapered spire, (losses, repairs), ht. 5 1/2 in.
Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 26. $400-600
115. Silver Spice Container, mid-19th century, marked “12,” pierced circular body with turned finial, on a plain stem, on a domed square base, ht. 2 3/4 in. $300-500
Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 73. $500-700 112. Polish Silver Fish-form Spice Container, early 20th century, .800 fine, maker’s mark SG, articulated form with interior compartment, pierced lid, lg. 5 1/4 in. $300-500
116. Silver Spice Container, Warsaw, Izrael Szekman, 1880s-1890s, cylindrical center section suspending bells, on a knopped stem and turned base ending in foliate cast feet, surmounted by an open spire, knop, and pendant flag, (lacking one bell), ht. 12 3/4 in. $800-1,200
117. Four Silver Spice Containers, 20th century, comprising: a sterling Mexican house-form, by Art Sterling, ht. 6 1/2; an open German .800 example, ht. 4 3/4; an example with square body, likely Continental, ht. 9 1/2; and a Polish silver plate tower marked Fraget, ht. 10 in. $500-700 118. Polish Silver Spice Container, 19th century, marked â€œ12,â€? capstan-form body engraved with flowerheads, the corners with four miniature pendants (one lacking), on a domed circular foot with cast decoration on a square foot, surmounted by a spire, knop, and large pennant flag, ht. 9 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 74; illustrated Hebraica, pl. XXIV. $800-1,000 119. Silver Spice Container, Warsaw, Antoni Riedel, dated 1881, central section with engraved diamond pattern, over a knopped stem on circular foot with foliate and berry cast feet, all supported a wirework colonnade enclosing a bird on perch, the roof with four small animal figures, spire with ball knop and pointed finial, (lacking pennant flag, bells to lower section), ht. 12 3/4 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 16; illustrated Hebraica, pl. XXIV. $1,000-1,500 120. Modern Portuguese Silver and Faux-Turquoise Tower-form Spice Container, late 20th century, .835 fine, square spice section on a spreading square foot, surmounted by an elongated spire with knop and pennant flag, set all over with simulated turquoise, ht. 10 1/2 in. $400-600 121. Six European Silver Plate Tower-form Spice Containers, all with openwork bodies, ht. 6 1/2 to 8 3/8 in. $600-800 122. Large Silver and Silver Filigree Tower-form Spice Container, Vienna, mark for 1886-1922, square spice compartment on a wirework support, similar base and four domed supports, the steeple hung with bells and flags, knop finial with large pennant flag, ht. 12 in. $1,500-2,500 123. German Silver and Silver Filigree Tower-form Spice Container, indistinctly marked, hexagonal filigree spice compartment, on a elongated support with central knop and circular domed foot, surmounted by six pennant flags, tapered spire with knop and pennant flag, ht. 11 in. $400-600 124. Three Tower-form Spice Containers, one sterling, marked A.C., with hexagonal body with cast and pierced foliate sides, ht. 8 3/8, an .800 example with round filigree body, ht. 7 7/8, and an unmarked example with parcel-gilt spherical body, ht. 10 1/4 in. $500-700
125. German Silver and Silver Filigree Tower-form Spice Container, Berlin, late 19th/20th century, H. Meyen & Co., makers, square filigree spice compartment on a tapered stem and circular molded foot, surmounted by a filigree tier and tapered spire with floriform cap and pennant flag (replaced), ht. 11 in. $500-700
126. Silver Tower-form Spice Container, early 20th century, base bearing marks for Birmingham, and with Austro-Hungarian import mark, tapering octagonal form, with navette pierced band, (damage, adapted from a trumpet vase), ht. 9 5/8 in. $200-400
127. Israeli Tower-form Spice Container, unmarked, early 20th century, engraved with buildings, on tiered, domed foot, ht. 8 3/8 in. $250-350
128. Three Continental Tower-form Spice Containers, a German .800 silver example with round filigree body on domed foot, ht. 8 3/4, one white metal filigree, ht. 8, and a silver plate example with square body, ht. 9 5/8 in. $500-700
129. Silver-gilt Filigree Spice Container, early 19th century, marked with French swan import mark only, circular spice compartment on a tapered stem and raised circular base, surmounted by a knop and filigree pennant flag, ht. 3 3/4 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 26. $400-600
130. .800 Silver Spice Tower, late 19th century, with Polish import mark for Warsaw, concave body with floral repoussĂŠ bands, domed foot, ht. 10 3/8 in. $400-600
131. Three Tower-form Spice Containers, a German .800 silver with square body, ht. 8 3/4, a sterling example, ht. 9, and an .800 example by Ezada, stamped with vines, ht. 10 1/2 in. $400-600
132. Two Silver Filigree Chest-form Spice Containers, 18th and 19th century, the first ovoid hinged form with delicate filigree and leaf and berry finial, Paris 1780s discharge mark, (extensive damage), lg. 4 1/4; with a Russian coffer-form box, Moscow, c. 1860s, Viktor Savinkov assayer, lg. 2 3/8 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 5. $300-500
133. Small Polish Silver, Silver Filigree, and Parcel-gilt Torah Crown, Poland, early 19th century, marked â€œ12,â€? formed with openwork filigreed staves surmounted by a tier with six rampant lions holding a belfry suspending a bell, and surmounted by a bird finial, (losses, repairs), ht. 7 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 87; illustrated Hebraica, pl. VI. $6,000-8,000
134. Impressive Austro-Hungarian Silver Torah Pointer, mid-19th century, apparently unmarked, knop over a square shaft with Hebrew inscription, tapering stem with heavily cast and chased foliage, knop and terminating in a pointed hand, suspension loop and chain, lg. 14 in.
136. British Sterling Silver Torah Breast Plate, London, 1938, maker B.C., cartouche form with scrollwork surrounding rampant lions atop columns supporting a crown, tablet and festival plaque holder below, with Hebrew dedicatory inscription, suspending three heart-shaped plaques, ht. 11 in. $2,000-3,000
Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 19. $1,500-2,500 135. Pair of Silver Torah Finials, Breslau, c. 1864, Carl Friedrich Otto Theodor Krutsche (ac. 1858-1884), baluster stem hung with bells and stamped with florals, topped by oval pierced with quatrefoils and enclosing single bell, and with spherical finial, (damage), ht. 14 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 46. $1,500-2,500
137. Small Polish Silver and Silver-gilt Torah Breast Plate, apparently unmarked, dated 1756, arched form with crown suspending tassels over an ark enclosing the tablets, flanked by â€œjewelâ€? mounted columns, with an inscribed and dated pendant, (wear, losses), ht. 10 1/4 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 79; illustrated Hebraica, pl. IX. $3,000-5,000
138. Fine Polish Silver Torah Crown, probably c. 1840, bearing only French swan import mark, openwork design of staves heavily cast and chased and mounted throughout with stags, lions, birds, fruit, and flowers, bells suspended from leaftip, engraved townscapes to top, (losses), ht. 13 1/4 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 119; illustrated Hebraica, pl. IV; illustrated Apollo; A Journal of the Arts, London, Vol. 10, No. 56, August 1929, p. 82. $10,000-15,000
139. Sterling and Gilt-metal Torah Crown, 20th century, marked “Sterling, J. Berg,” gilt-metal top section with bird-form finial over openwork staves, the sterling crown applied with cutcard work acanthus leaves and flowers offset with gilt-metal patera roundels, hung throughout with bells, ht. 19 1/4 in. $2,000-2,500 140. Two Silver Torah Pointers, probably Poland, 19th century, the first with slender etched shaft with knop, spiraled stem with cuff, terminating with a pointed hand, ribbed knop finial with suspension loop and chain, lg. 8 1/2 in., the second with square shaft engraved with Hebrew, flattened knop, plain stem terminating in a pointed hand, knop finial with suspension loop and chain, (damage), lg. 7 1/2 in. $800-1,200 141. Austro-Hungarian Silver Torah Pointer, Vienna, mark for 18861922, baluster shaft with leaftip design, plan stem ending in a pointed hand, knop finial, suspension loop and chain, lg. 1 1/2; and a Dutch-style pointer with plain shaft with Hebrew inscription, terminating in a pointed hand, lg. 8 1/2 in. $400-600
147. Polish Silver Torah Pointer, 19th century, apparently unmarked, slender form with wirework surround, central knops with leaf detail, broad cuff and terminating in a pointed hand, knop finial, suspension loop and chain, (losses), lg. 8 1/4 in. $400-500 148. Polish Silver Torah Pointer, mid-19th century, square shaft with Hebrew inscription, central knop with leaf decoration, tapered stem terminating in a pointed hand, knop finial with suspension loop, inscribed and dated 1881, , (dents), lg. 10 1/2 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 20. Note: Inscription pertains to the community of Plonsk. $1,000-1,500 149. Ukrainian Silver and Silver Filigree Torah Breast Plate, c. 1875, marked “12,” and maker F.R., arched form applied with coiled wirework columns flanking an ark and surmounted by a crown and lions, (lacking festival plaques), ht. 10 1/2 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 29. $2,500-3,500
142. Art Deco Silver and Silver-gilt Torah Pointer, early 20th century, apparently unmarked, slender shaft with cast scrollwork and foliage terminating in a pointed hand, stylized knop with applied braided rosettes, suspension loop and chain, lg. 10 3/4 in. $400-600 143. Two American Silver and Silver Filigree Torah Pointers, 20th century, marked “Sterling,” and “Sterling A.G.,” filigree body with plain shaft engraved in Hebrew, cuff terminating in a pointed hand, knop finial and suspension loop, lg. 10 3/4; the other of similar paneled form, lg. 11 in. $500-700 144. Russian Silver Torah Pointer, maker’s mark GP (possibly G. Peysakhov), Viktor Savinkov, assayer, c. 1890, inscribed 5673 (1912-1913), repoussé and plain shaft with inscription, cuff terminated in a pointed hand, knop finial with suspension loop and chain, lg. 10 3/4 in. $700-900 145. Collection of Eight Painted Fabric Torah Binders (Wimpels), probably Alsace-Lorraine, mid-20th century, each of typical format with brightly colored decoration, (condition varies). $400-600 146. Pair of Polish-style Silver Torah Finials, apparently unmarked, cylindrical form with stippled Hebrew text and geometric decoration on a plain shaft, surmounted by lions supporting a crown finial with bell, ht. 13 1/2 in. Provenance: Sotheby’s New York, March 18, 2004, lot 95. $2,000-2,500
150. Silver, Silver-gilt, and Stone-inset Torah Breast Plate, mid18th century, possibly Swiss or Czech, decorated with pair of rampant lions flanking a cartouche engraved with scene, top set with three hardstones, center mounted with a later plaque, (lacking two pendants), ht. 11 1/2 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 187, Illustrated Hebraica, pl. VIII. $3,000-4,000 151. Silver-gilt Torah Pointer, 19th century, apparently unmarked, slender form with central ribbed knop, spiraled stem with elaborate cuff terminating in a pointed hand, with round wirework finial with suspension loop, (repairs), lg. 8 in. $1,000-1,500 152. Russian Silver and Silver Filigree Torah Pointer, filigree stem with applied plaques with Hebrew inscription, central knop over a tapered shaft with cuff terminating in a pointed hand, the knop finial with suspension loop and chain, (repairs), lg. 11 1/2 in. $800-1,200 153. Polish Silver Torah Pointer, 19th century, flattened pierced knop with floral motif over a slender stem and central knop, terminating in a cuff and pointed hand, suspension loop, (repair to hand), lg. 8 in. $1,000-1,500 154. Polish Silver Torah Pointer, 19th century, marked “12,” maker “L.S.,” banded knop over a square stem, another knop and spiraled stem ending in a pointed hand, Hebrew dedicatory inscription, (repair, loop bent), lg. 9 in. $700-900
155. Polish Silver and Silver-gilt Torah Pointer, 19th century, apparently unmarked, square molded shaft with leaftip, spiraled stem with Hebrew inscription over a cuff, terminating in a pointed hand, pierced knop finial, suspension loop and chain, (losses), lg. 8 3/4 in. $1,000-1,500
156. Russian Silver Torah Pointer, 19th century, marked “84,” and maker “A R,” knop finial over a square section, central knop, tapered stem ending in a cuff and pointed hand, chased throughout with trailing foliage and scrollwork, suspension loop and chain, lg. 11 1/2 in. $1,000-1,500
157. Russian Silver and Silver Filigree Torah Pointer, Kiev, c. 1875, with elongated hexagonal central section with Hebrew inscription, over a cuff and pointed hand, the crown-shaped finial surmounted by a squirrel, (loss/repair), lg. 13 in.
161. Pair of German Silver Torah Finials, Berlin, mid to late 19th century, spherical finial over pear-shaped body chased and embossed with rocaille cartouches and flower sprays, (damage/losses), ht. 11 1/2 in.
Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 21.
Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 59. $1,000-1,500
158. Russian Silver and Silver Filigree Torah Pointer, late 19th century, hexagonal lobed knop with Hebrew inscription, with slender spiraled shaft, filigree cuff terminating in a pointed hand, surmounted by a wirework crown with squirrel finial, (damage/repair), lg. 10 1/2 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 21. $1,000-1,500
159. Polish Silver Torah Pointer, mid-19th century, apparently unmarked, hexagonal stem with incised decoration over a knop decorated with birds and foliage, tapered shaft with knop, terminating in a pointed hand, pierced knop finial with foliate motifs, suspension loop and chain, (damage), lg. 9 3/4 in.
162. Polish Silver-gilt Torah Pointer, first half 19th century, probably Breslau or Warsaw, apparently unmarked, cast and chased overall with trailing foliage, lion finial over elaborate cuff, terminating in a pointed hand, (lion possibly of later date), lg. 8 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 40. Note: For a similar example, see Grafman, Raffi and Vivian B. Mann, Crowning Glory; Silver Torah Ornaments of the Jewish Museum, New York, New York, 1996, number 709. $2,000-3,000 163. Russian Silver Torah Pointer, late 19th century, maker “J.S.,” dove finial over an ovoid leaf-chased knop, spiraled shaft, ending in a cuff and pointed hand, suspension loop and chain, lg. 11 1/2 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 23.
Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 32.
160. Russian/Polish Silver Torah Crown, 19th century, French import mark, melon form, staves decorated with repoussé foliage and rococo devices, interspersed by blossoms suspending bells, ht. 8 1/2 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 59. $2,000-3,000
164. Polish Silver Torah Pointer, 19th century, apparently unmarked, hexagonal knop with foliage and Hebrew inscription above a plain shaft terminating in a pointed hand, surmounted by a wirework crown with bell, (losses), lg. 7 1/2 in. $600-800 165. Silver Torah Pointer, 19th century, possibly Austro-Hungarian, baluster and tapering shaft, cuff and terminating in a pointed hand, (dent), lg. 9 1/2 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 20. $800-1,200
166. Silver-gilt Torah Breast Plate, attributed to Georg Kahlert the Younger (ac. 1732-1773), Breslau, marked to perimeter with Russian kokoshnik mark 18961917, and Cyrillic makerâ€™s mark, arched form with the figures of Moses and Aaron flanking the tablets, within borders of stylized banding and foliage, the base with naturalistic detail and cartouches inscribed in Hebrew, (extensive repairs), ht. 16 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 221, illustrated Hebraica, pl. VII, illustrated Apollo, August 1929, p. 83. $6,000-8,000
168. Russian Brass Hanukkah Lamp, early 20th century, formed as lions holding a shield surmounted by a crown and Star of David and servant lamp, fronted by eight candleholders, on plain feet, ht. 7 1/2 in. $100-200
169. Dutch Brass Hanukkah Lamp, with a silver stand, overall ht. 12 1/2 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 209; illustrated Hebraica, pl. X. $800-1,200
170. Pair of Baroque Pewter Candlesticks, 18th century, baluster form raised on three scrolled feet, with drip pan and pricket, each with Hebrew lettering, drapery, and sheaves of wheat, (damage), ht. 19 in. $600-800
171. Austrian Silver Music-Box Hanukkah Lamp, arched backplate decorated in repoussé of lions flanking the tablets amidst foliage and scrollwork, fronted by a settee-form row of oil fonts, raised on scrolled cast legs, containing a musical box playing “Ma’ O’tzur,” (mechanism in need of repair), ht. 7 3/4 in. $2,500-3,500
172. Phillip Lloyd Powell (American, 1919-2008) Walnut and Brass Hanukkah Lamp, unsigned, angular form with Star of David, lg. 20 1/4 in. $1,000-1,500
173. Dutch Brass Hanukkah Lamp, 19th century, fleur-de-lis backplate, with Star of David crest, fronted by oil fonts, ht. 12 1/2 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 209. $800-1,200
174. Polish Brass Hanukkah Lamp, early 19th century, arched backplate pierced with a flower-filled urn surmounted by rampant lions holding a crown, fronted by eight tall candleholders, flanked by Shabbat candleholders, on flattened feet, ht. 9 in. 171
167. Polish Silver and Silver-gilt Sabbath Candlestick with Hanukkah Menorah, Warsaw, 1860, Jan Pogorzelski, candlestick with knopped shaft decorated throughout with scrolling leaf decoration, on a square base, with a finial bearing two candle arms supported by grape-adorned arms and serpent finial, and crested by a detachable bar with eight candle fonts, (minor loss, one arm needs solder, repairs), overall ht. 17 3/4 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 131; illustrated Hebraica, pl. XIII. $1,000-1,500
Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 134; Hebraica, pl. XI. $2,000-3,000
175. Italian Gilt-bronze Hanukkah Lamp, 19th century, pierced backplate centered by a flower-filled urn, flanked by a pair of cherubim and flowering urns, fronted by eight cast oil lamps, lg. 11 1/4 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 175; illustrated Hebraica, pl. XII. $2,000-2,500
176. Russian Gold-washed Silver Temple-form Hanukkah Lamp, Kiev, Cyrillic makerâ€™s mark, assayerâ€™s mark AB, 1890s date partially obliterated, triple-arch backplate chased and embossed with lions and birds amidst dense foliage, and with doubleheaded eagle with crown crest, the backplate with the ark enclosing scrolls, flanked by Lions of Judah, with two front baluster columns ending in flowerpots and suspending faux lanterns, fronted by eight oil jars behind a balustrade, raised on paw and ball feet, (losses), ht. 17 3/4 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 154; illustrated Hebraica, pl. XVI. $10,000-15,000
177. Polish Silver Hanukkah Lamp, early 19th century, makerâ€™s mark partially obscured, backplate of engraved pierced work of birds and animals amidst scrolling vines and centered by lions bearing a menorah, set on gold-washed background, with wirework filigree sides and gallery, lion-form fonts, (lacking one servant lamp, minor damage), ht. 10 1/2 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 92; illustrated Hebraica, pl. XIX. Note: For a related example see Braunstein, Susan, Five Centuries of Hanukkah Lamps from the Jewish Museum, New York, 2004, no. 55. $12,000-18,000
178. Important Silver and Silver-gilt Synagogue Ark-form Hanukkah Lamp, Brody, dated 1787, with later duty stamp c. 1809-10, ark-form backplate with shell crest, over an upper panel with elaborate scrollwork, birds, and foliage, and a shelf supporting an ewer for oil, all above a central panel flanked by twisted columns, the lower section formed as a shelf with eight dolphin-form oil lamps fronted by scrollwork and Hanukkah scene, (shell crest bent, small areas of loss/separation, lacking servant lamps), ht. 18 1/4 in. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, lot 161; illustrated in Hebraica, pl. XV; illustrated Apollo, August 1929, p. 82; The Journal Mult-es-iovo, Budapest, Vienna & Tel Aviv, Dec. 1936, p. 347, where it was used to illustrate a poem about Hanukkah; Narkiss, Mordechai, The Hanukkah Lamp, Jerusalem: Bney Bezalel Publishing Co., 1939. Note: Following the Eastern European style of ornate wooden Torah arks, elaborately carved and decorated to hold Torah scrolls, this form of lamp is characterized by bold scrollwork and vines, birds, and animals such as herons, squirrels, and dolphins. Lamps of this elaborate and intricate form are particular to the region of Galicia, and Brody seems to have been a center, as Jews had been granted the right to engage in crafts in 1699. Related lamps are in the collections of the Jewish Museum, New York (see Treasures of the Jewish Museum, New York, 1986, p. 110); R.D. Barnett (ed.), Catalogue of the Permanent and Loan Collection of the Jewish Museum London, London, 1974, no. 242, pl. LXXVII; Architecture in the Hanukah Lamp, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1978, no. 53. $60,000-80,000
179. Bezalel Brass Hanukkah Lamp, Jerusalem, early 20th century, arched form with backplate decorated with lions and candelabra and appropriate Hebrew text, fronted by eight candleholders, (lacking servant lamp), ht. 8 in. $600-800 180. Bezalel Copper Hanukkah Lamp, Jerusalem, early 20th century, arched backplate with loop handle and rampant lions flanking the tablets, fronted by a row of nine candleholders, (traces of gilding, wear), lg. 8 1/4 in. $500-700
181. Two Small Bezalel Hanukkah Lamps, Jerusalem, early 20th century, one silver plated with lions and menorah, fronted by a row of eight candleholders, servant lamp to side, ht. 5 1/4; the other brass arched form surmounted by a crown, the backplate decorated with ancient-style medals, fronted by eight candleholders and servant lamp to side, ht. 6 in. $1,000-1,500 182. Bezalel Silver and Silver Filigree Megillah Case, Jerusalem, early 20th century, molded with foliage and applied granulations, crown finial, the thumbpiece inscribed in Hebrew â€œBezalel Jerusalem,â€? enclosing a finely lettered black ink on vellum scroll of Esther, overall lg. 7 1/2 in. $4,000-6,000
183. Bezalel Silver and Silver Filigree Salt and Pepper Set, Jerusalem, early 20th century, a small tray with loop handles and a pair of cone-form shakers labeled for salt and pepper, (pitting), tray lg. to handles 6 3/4 in. $1,200-1,800 184. Bezalel School Silver Kiddush Cup, Jerusalem, mid-20th century, goblet with elat stones within wirework surrounds, acidetched scrolling vines, berries, and foliage, slender stem, circular domed foot, marked “Bezalel Jerusalem, 925,” ht. 7 in. $300-500
187. Bezalel Bronze Plaque of Herzl, Moshe Murro, Jerusalem, early 20th century, rectangular with Herzl profile gazing left, on a bronze easel mount, (surface wear), plaque, lg. 3, overall 5 1/4; together with a Jewish National Fund silvered and enameled brass plaque depicting Herzl and Zionist symbols, (enamel loss/wear), dia. 11 1/4 in. $500-700 188. Bezalel Silver and Ivory-inset Box, Jerusalem, early 20th century, with carved ivory tablet depicting Hagar and Ishmael, box with overall stylized decoration, lg. 4 5/8 in. $1,000-1,500
185. Olivewood Etrog Box and Seder Plate, Jerusalem, early 20th century, both decorated with scenes of Jerusalem and appropriate Hebrew text, box lg. 8, hexagonal plate, (shrinkage), wd. 15 1/2 in. $200-400
189. Two Zionist Chenille Rugs, Jerusalem, Alliance Israelite Universelle School, depicting Theodor Herzl and Max Nordau, machine woven in tones of red, gold, and beige, with fringe. $1,000-1,500
186. Silvered Charger Commemorating the Birth of the Jewish State, inscribed May 15, 1948, and in Hebrew and English “Remember the Sabbath Day and Keep it Holy” and “To Kindle the Light of Sabbath,” dia. 12 in.
190. Marbidiah Wool Carpet, Jerusalem, 1920s, terra-cotta colored ground with an array of foliage and interspersed Cyprus trees, within an ivory border with similar motifs, signed in Hebrew “Marvadia Jerusalem,” approx. 112 x 87 1/2 in.
Note: For an identical example, see Sotheby’s Bezalel and Israeliana, 1998, lot 292. $300-400
Note: For a similar example see Anton Felton, Jewish Carpets, 1997, no. 55, p. 125 (illus.). $4,000-6,000
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191. Mervin Jules (American, 1912-1994)
192. Lucien Whiting Powell (American, 1846-1930)
Ben Gurion. Signed “Jules” in pencil l.r., titled in pencil l.l., and signed “by David Ben Gurion” in ink beneath the image, label from Carl Siembab Gallery, Boston, on the reverse. Color woodcut, image size 22 x 15 1/4 in., framed. $250-350
View of Jerusalem. Signed, inscribed and dated “Lucien W. Powell/Jerusalem 1910” l.l. Oil on canvas, 30 x 42 in., framed (under glass). Condition: Craquelure. $3,000-5,000
193. Efroim Seidenbeutel (Polish, 1903-1945)
200. American School, 20th Century
A Shabbat Meal. Signed and dated “E M Seidenbeutel 1939” l.l. Graphite with watercolor on paper, sight size 10 1/2 x 14 1/2 in., framed. Condition: Toning, creases, not examined out of frame. $400-600
Self Portrait with Lions. Signed, titled, and dated “...1996...Daniel Ravi...” in English and Hebrew on the reverse. Oil on paper, sheet size 46 3/4 x 34 1/2 in., framed. Condition: Craquelure, acid burn, rippling. $500-700
194. Ilya Schor (American, 1904-1961) Twelve Illustrations for THE SABBATH, by Abraham Heschel. Each signed “I. Schor” in pencil l.r. and numbered “1/4” l.l. Wood engravings on laid tissue, sizes vary, all matted to 8 x 11 in. $800-1,200 195. Philip Reisman (American, 1904-1992) Passover. Titled, dedicated, and signed “...To San Klein- Philip Reisman” in pencil along the lower margin, signed “P REISMAN” in the plate l.r. Etching on paper, plate size 5 x 7 3/4 in., framed. Condition: Broad rippling, not examined out of frame. $200-300
201. Israeli School, 20th Century Lot of Two Jerusalem Views. Signed in Hebrew l.r. Oil on board, sight sizes to 14 x 17 1/2 in., framed. Condition: Surface grime. $300-500
202. Arthur Markowicz (Polish, 1872-1934) Woman in a Landscape. Signed, inscribed, and dated “Arthur Markowicz, Krakow, 1923” l.r. Pastel with charcoal on paper/board, sight size 9 1/4 x 19 in., framed. Condition: Not examined out of frame. $700-900
196. American School, 20th Century Self Portrait. Signed, dated and titled “...Daniel Ravi...1996” in English and Hebrew on the reverse. Oil on paper, sheet size 47 1/4 x 34 in., framed. Condition: Craquelure, subtle rippling. $500-700 197. Helene Zelezny-Scholz (Czech, 1882-1974) Bronze Figural Group Extra Ausgabe, formed as eight men in traditional clothing and pais, verdigris patina, titled on front and signed and dated verso “Hellene Scholz 1915,” lg. 13 in. $1,500-2,500
203. After Moritz Daniel Oppenheim (German, 1800-1882) Lot of Two Works: Seder (The Passover Meal) and Ushering in the Sabbath. Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 18 x 15 in., framed. Condition: Retouch, surface grime. N.B. The original works are both in the collection of The Jewish Museum, New York. $800-1,200
204. Arthur Markowicz (Polish, 1872-1934)
198. Ruth Bloch (Israeli, b. 1951)
Couple on a Park Bench. Signed and inscribed “Markowicz Paris” l.l. Pastel on paper/board, sight size 9 3/4 x 7 in., framed. Condition: Not examined out of frame,
Bronze of a Mother and Child, signed verso, (minor dent), ht. 6 1/2 in. $200-400
N.B. The male figure may possibly be a self portrait of the artist. $700-900
199. American School, 20th Century Yom Kippir [sic]. Indistinctly signed in pencil l.r., titled and numbered “...20/100” in pencil l.l. Etching and drypoint on paper, plate size 11 1/4 x 8 1/2 in., framed. Condition: Subtle toning, broad rippling, minor nicks/surface losses (possible silverfish damage), not examined out of frame. $200-300
205. Arthur Szyk (American, 1894-1951) The Modern Kalevalay. Signed, inscribed, and titled “Arthur Szyk, London 1940” l.r., titled u.r. Watercolor, gouache, ink, graphite, and pastel on paper/board, sight size 15 1/2 x 11 3/4 in., framed. Condition: Slight toning/mat burn, not examined out of frame. $7,000-9,000
206. Attributed to Jeno Krupka (French/Hungarian, 19th/20th Century) The Wailing Wall. Signed and dated “Krupka 1930.” l.r. Oil on canvas, 19 1/2 x 15 1/2 in., framed. Condition: Lined, abrasions, surface grime. $1,000-1,500
208. David Aronson (American, b. 1923) Bronze Relief of a Bearded Man, signed and numbered 24/25, ht. 6 in., in a Lucite frame. $800-1,200 209. Historical Sepia Chromolithograph, Breslau, 1880s, with depictions of Moses, Mamonides, Moses Mendelssohn, Moses Montifiore, etc., (trimmed, laid on linen), image 20 x 15 in. $1,000-1,500
207. Bernard Simon (American, 1896-1980) Three Figures with Torah. Incised signature “BERNARD SIMON” on base. Carved wood, approximately 43 1/2 x 16 x 10 in., on a wooden plinth. Condition: Minor surface grime. N.B. A copy of Bernard Simon by Barbara Consolas accompanies the lot. $800-1,200
210. David Aronson (American, b. 1923) Scholar. Signed “Aronson” in the cast u.r., numbered “57/100” l.r. Bronze relief with a brown patina, 7 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. Condition: Surface grime to the intercities. $700-900
211. Grisha Bruskin (Russian/American, b. 1945)
212. Anatoli Kaplan (Russian, 1902-1980)
Figure Study. Signed or inscribed in Cyrillic l.r. and u.r., exhibition card from Minotaure Gallery, Tel Aviv, affixed to the backing. Mixed media with pen and gouache on paper mounted onto board, paper size 11 3/4 x 8 1/8 in., unframed. Condition: Creases, subtle toning, pinholes to supporting board. $3,000-4,000
Illustrations for Sholom-Aleichem’s The Bewitched Tailor/A Portfolio of Twenty-seven Prints, 1954-1957, edition of 500. Each signed and dated “A. Kaplan 54-57” in pencil l.r., titled l.l., with title, introduction, index, and colophon. Color lithographs with metallic accents, sheet sizes 23 1/2 x 17 5/8 in., presented in a hardbound portfolio case. Condition: Minor creases, minor acid burn, numbered in ballpoint pen l.r. $1,500-2,000 END OF SALE
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