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Auction 20 Lot Number 45

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Important Silver Chanukah Lamp – Eastern Europe

Chanukah lamp. Eastern Europe, late 18th century or early 19th century.
Silver (not stamped), hammered and carved. High quality amateur work. At center of rear panel, large embossed ornament in shape of Star of David; at center, a Menorah surrounded on both sides by pillars of Yachin and Boג€™az, decorated with clusters of grapes. Flowerpot positioned at top of each pillar. On sides of pillars, ornaments of two different bird designs. Hammered plaque with inscription "Miracle of Chanukah" attached to top of rear panel. Base of Chanukah lamp hollow with eight carved circles to which eight oil vessels which were attached as one unit were inserted through an opening at the back of the Chanukah lamp extending outward (the opening is closed with a hinged door and a cross-shaped closure). On front of Chanukah lamp, at the two sides of the base, two large birds are attached with screws. The Chanukah lamp is positioned on four legs which extend outward to the sides.
Six apertures on rear panel and one on each of the side panels; larger aperture at center of base (possibly where Shamash belongs). Hollow element welded to outer side of one of the panels, which may have served for attachment of Shamash; on second panel the element is missing.
Height: 27 cm, width: 30 cm, depth: 6.5 cm. Good condition. Slightly bent. Leg missing from one of large birds.

Opening4,000$ Sold For19,680$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 76

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Torah Shield – Nuremberg, 18th Century

Shield for Torah Scroll. Nuremberg, 18th century.
Silver (stamped), hammered.
On top, embossed crown. At center, tablets of the Ten Commandments (smooth) and on sides two pillars with lions. Without alternating plates and without chain for hanging. Lower section contains three bells.
Height: 27.5 cm, width: 19 cm.

Opening3,500$ Sold For9,840$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 114

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Collection of Silver and Porcelain Utensils from the Dynasty of Rebbe Yisrael Friedman of Boyan-Leipzig and the Sadigura Dynasty

Rebbe Yisrael Friedman of Boyan-Leipzig and the Sadigura Dynasty
Collection of porcelain utensils and cutlery from the dynasty of Rebbe Yisrael Friedman of Boyan-Leipzig and the Sadigura dynasty.
* Porcelain utensils: two teapots (large and small), teacup, pitcher (without lid), three saucers for cups and eight medium-sized plates. All made of silver plated porcelain, made by Dekor Bavaria (Germany). * Large soup spoon and large fork. Gilded silver (stamped), ornamented with Niello technique, and large knife with silver handle (stamped), also Niello ornamented. * Four teaspoons (stamped) and two small forks with embossed floral ornamentation (the teaspoons and forks have a monogram - the family's initial, the letter F). * Utensils for preparing tea, tongs, strainer, tablespoon, tiny teaspoon and fork, gilded stamped silver, engraved with floral patterns.
All the utensils were used in the home of Rebbe Yisrael Friedman of Boyan-Leipzig, some (those in the second section) are older and were formerly used by his father Rebbe Yitzchak of Boyan-Sadigura later of the Sadigura-Ruzhin dynasty.
Rebbe Yisrael Friedman (1878-1951, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, Volume 2, page 564), of the Ruzhin dynasty. Son of Rebbe Yitzchak Friedman of Boyan, son-in-law of his uncle Rebbe Shlomo ben Rebbe Avraham Ya'akov of Sadigura. During World War I, he lived with rebbes in Vienna where he conducted himself as a rebbe. Later, he moved to Leipzig where he became known as the Rebbe of Boyan. A short while before World War II broke out, he immigrated to Eretz Israel and settled in Tel Aviv. The Ruzhin rebbes were known for their aristocratic conduct and the royal manners they acquired as befitting the descendants of King David. These utensils are a fancy remnant of the royal manners of the House of Ruzhin.
Various sizes. Enclosed is a photocopy of a letter by Rabbi Shmuel [ben Yeshaya] Shapira who married Rebbetzin Gittel, son of the Rebbe of Boyan-Leipzig, who certifies these details

Opening5,000$ Sold For7,380$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 4

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Portrait of Rabbi Ya’akov Sasportas – Amsterdam

Portrait of Rabbi Ya'akov Sasportas. Not Signed. Amsterdam.
Oil painting on wood; wooden frame.
Fine portrait of Rabbi Ya'akov Sasportas (1610-1698), a Torah giant of his times, one of the first and leading fighters against Shabtai Zvi's followers. Served in the Morocco rabbinate, Amsterdam, London and Hamburg. Glued on reverse side of frame are notes, written by former owners that the picture was bought in Amsterdam in 1920 and a reference to the issue of the Jewish-Dutch monthly journal from 1928 that apparently displayed the picture of Rabbi Ya'akov Sasportas.
Drawing 23x20 cm, fair-good condition, faded. Original frame 30x27.5 cm. Fair condition.

Opening500$ Sold For6,150$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 53

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Chanukah Lamp – Italy, 18th Century

Chanukah lamp. Italy, 18th century.
Cast brass and brass tin.
Frame of architectural gate with pitcher at tip. At center of panel engraving of hand pouring oil into a seven-branched Menorah with two trees on sides (stamp of engraver: Djf).
Style typical of Italy. (See: Narcissus, Chanukah Menorah, photograph plate, no. 134).
Height: 29-32 cm. Width: 20-22 cm. Good condition.

Opening3,000$ Sold For4,428$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 12

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Illustrated Ketuba – Jerusalem, 1858

Ketuba on the marriage of the groom Pinchas ben Yitzchak Zafran with the bride "Mazal Tov" bat R' Chaim Alchadif. Jerusalem, 1858.
Ink and paint on paper (Oriental writing). Leaf and floral ornamented frame. On upper part, a vase of flowers and cypress and palm trees, crowned by a large flower. [Characteristic design. The online ketuba collection of the National Library has several ketubot from that time in Jerusalem, with the same style of illustrations].
Signed as witnesses: Rabbi Avraham Bechar Yitchak, Rabbi Yosef Ye'oshua Kario [1807-1883, Head of the Beit Din of the Sefardi community of Jerusalem, author of "Bnei Yosef"]. The groom's signature is in the middle, between the witnesses' signatures.
32x46 cm in new frame. Fair condition, stains and creases (not examined out of frame).

Opening500$ Sold For4,182$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 73

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Large Torah Shield – Vienna

Shield for Torah Scroll. Vienna, [19th century?].
Silver (stamped), engraved and strongly hammered, partially gold-plated.
On top, large embossed crown with bell. At center, tablets of the Ten Commandments (smooth) supported by two lions. 4 alternating silver plaques (signed), engraved on both sides: "Yom Kippur", "Shabbat Rosh HaChodesh"; "Pesach", "Shavuot"; "Rosh HaShana", "Sukkot"; "Shabbat", "Shmini Atzeret"; and seven additional silver plaques, not engraved, in various sizes. Original chain for hanging, made of silver.
Height: 36 cm, width: 29 cm. Good condition.

Opening1,000$ Sold For3,936$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 63

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Pair of Torah Scroll Rimonim – North Africa

Pair of Rimonim [Torah finials] for Torah Scroll. Algeria or Morocco, 19th century.
Silver (stamped), filigree, partially gold-plated.
Large impressive Rimonim. Decorated with three rows of silver strips and two rows of hanging bells. At tip, crown-like ornament. Engraved inscription on both posts: "Nissim Tamtzut". Contains only 13 bells (originally 24), some large and some small.
Height: 39-39.5 cm. Diameter: 11 cm. Good condition. Some hooks broken and incomplete.

Opening1,500$ Sold For3,936$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 110

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Silver Mezuzah Holder – Europe

Mezuzah holder. [Austria?].
Silver (stamped), unidentified manufacturer (CW). Curved and engraved.
Ornaments of vegetation and flowers, Torah crown. Peephole with hinged cover. Cover contains engraving of Star of David. Height: 18 cm.

Opening3,000$ Sold For3,690$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 83

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Torah Crown – Vienna

Crown for Torah Scroll. Vienna, late 19th century or early 20th century.
Silver (stamped), hammered, partially gilded.
Includes two bells, five bells missing.
Height: 26 cm, diameter: 23.5 cm. Good condition.

Opening1,500$ Sold For3,444$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 109

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Silver Tray – India – Inscription of Synagogue in Calcutta

Silver tray [unstamped). India, 1912
Magnificent tray, many embossments of pictures of Indian rural life: trees, houses and images of performing various activities. At center, engraved inscription to Sir David Ezra (1871-1947) and his wife, of the leaders of the Magen David Synagogue in Calcutta, dated November 5, 1912: "To Mr. and Mrs. David E. Ezra, From the Board of Munheeghim Maghen David Synagogue, Calcutta". Length: 55 cm. (including handles), width: 33.5 cm.

Opening800$ Sold For3,198$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 141

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B’tzait Yisrael MiMitzrayim – Sections from the Torah and Aggada – A Handwritten and Illustrated Book, 1958

B'tzait Yisrael MiMitzrayim, sections from the Torah and Aggada. Compiled, illustrated and written by: Debby ben Dor. Bezalel School, Jerusalem, 1958.
Compilation of various sections on the subject of Children of Israel leaving the Land of Egypt, written in calligraphic handwriting on thick Bristol paper, with original colored illustrations (various techniques: markers, watercolors, graphite / coal on paper).
Apparently, this work was done as a "term paper" by the artist Debby ben Dor at the end of his studies at the Bezalel School of Art (perhaps, in the Department of Writing or Practical Graphics Department).
An impressive work, both typographically and from the aspect of the illustrations that depict personal commentary in very high quality levels of performance and finishing in modernistic style. To our best knowledge, the compilation and illustrations were never published. [16] thick paper leaves with hand-made texture, fabric binding 35 cm, with original illustrations and writing. Good condition.

Opening2,500$ Sold For3,198$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 111

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Silver Charity Bowl – Pressburg Community, 1818

Small silver bowl, apparently used for collecting charity. Beginning of 19th century.
Cast silver (stamped with silver hallmark and manufacturer's stamp: TD), unadorned.
On inside of bowl there are two round stamps, engraved in the utensil's sides [some are illegible]: "Ge[mach] Holy Community of P[ressburg] 1818".
The Pressburg community, one of the oldest Hungarian communities, became the Jewish Torah focal point of Hungary with the arrival of Rabbi Moshe Sofer, author of "Chatam Sofer" (1792-1839) who served as Rabbi of Pressburg from 1807 until his death.
Diameter: 8 cm. Depth: 3.5 cm. Scratches.

Opening1,600$ Sold For3,198$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 142

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Plate with Etched Ornaments – “Bezalel”, 1916

Plate with etched ornaments, product of "Bezalel". Jerusalem, [1916].
Brass; etched.
Signed: "Bezalel Jerusalem 1916" (at center). In center "Im Eshkachech Yerushalayim Tishkach Yemini, Tidbak Leshoni LeChiki Im Lo Ezkerechi" and various vegetation patterned ornaments. On borders, Menorah-like ornaments and a dozen camels. On edge of upper and lower borders, engraved inscription: "second prize for ג€˜Mefistofelג€™ mask from masquerade ג€¦ Jerusalem, Purim, [1919]". Diameter: 31 cm. Good condition. Source: Collection of Gur Aryeh family.

Opening2,000$ Sold For2,952$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 44

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Three Large Amulet Leaves – Kabbalistic Illustrations – Judeo-Arabic

Three large handwritten amulet leaves, particularly large.
Ink on paper, several colors. Holy Names and incantations, Kabbalistic illustrations. Long Judeo-Arabic inscriptions.
67x41 cm; 62x47 cm; 44x28 cm. Good condition, stains and wear, folding marks

Opening200$ Sold For2,706$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 34

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Embroidered Tablecloth for Pesach Seder

Square tablecloth for Pesach Seder. Germany.
Fabric embroidered in various colors.
High quality embroidery. In center of tablecloth inscription within decorated frame: "Pesach Matza Uג€™Maror" with a wine bottle, goblet and Seder plate. On four corners, embroidered illustrations of the Four Sons from the Haggadah in unsophisticated style: The "Rasha" is dressed as a Roman worrier and "Sheג€™eino Yodeג€™a Lishol" is illustrated on a background of a European village. 94x100 cm. Good condition. Stains.

Opening2,000$ Sold For2,706$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 71

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Pair of Torah Scroll Rimonim – Germany

Pair of Rimonim [Torah finials] for Torah Scroll. Germany (Posen?), late 19th century or early 20th century.
Silver (unstamped), cast, partially gold-plated.
Height: 30.5 cm, diameter: 10 cm.
One of lower ornaments broken; one missing eleven bells; second missing five. Slightly bent and tilting to side, some ornaments bent.

Opening800$ Sold For2,706$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 32

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Large Pillowcase for Pesach Seder – Artistic Embroidery with Inscription

Large pillowcase for Pesach Seder. Germany.
Fabric embroidered in various colors.
At center, illustration of family around the Seder table with wine goblets and open Haggadot. Father of family is dressed in white and leaning on pillow. Borders of pillowcase embroidered with inscription "LeShana Haג€™Baג€™ah Bג€™Yerushalayim", and "In honor of Rabbi Paltiel son of Meir".
76x79 cm. Good condition. Stains.

Opening1,600$ Sold For2,706$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 107

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Elaborate Silver Binding

Book binding. Europe, 20th century.
Silver (stamped), cast and hammered, high quality work. Adorned with lions, flowers, leaves and geometric shapes.
14 cm.

Opening1,200$ Sold For2,706$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 112

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Ivory and Gold Seal – “Jerusalem” – 18th Century

Seal. 18th century.
Ivory handle. Gold tip (unstamped), engraved with vegetation patterns.
Seal for imprint of the word "Jerusalem" (in Hebrew) and wax emblem of "Jerusalem Cross".
10.5 cm. (long and narrow). Good condition. Placed inside antique leather case (slightly worn).

Opening2,000$ Sold For2,460$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 19

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Embroidered Wimpel – Germany, 1671

Wimpel (linen Torah binder) for Torah Scroll, from circumcision of Eliezer Lipman son of Rabbi Shmuel. Germany, [1671].
Linen fabric, embroidered with colorful threads.
Combination of four pieces of fabric finely embroidered together. Embroidered inscription in green, white, yellow and blue threads: "Eliezer Lipman son of Rabbi Shmuel Shalit born on 12 Adar, 1671, may his parents merit to raise him to Torah, Chupa and Maג€™asim Tovim". At end of inscription embroidered Star of David with inscription "Mazal Dagim" [Pisces] and illustration of three fish. The quotation marks in the abovementioned inscription are substituted with an embroidered ornament in the shape of a crown; above detail of year, embroidery of two small birds; additional bird embroidered over quotations marks of acronym "Rabbi".
The custom of the Wimpel was especially prevalent in South Germany, and also in a number of congregations in North Germany and a few congregations in Italy. For additional detailed information regarding this custom see book Shorshei Minhag Ashkenaz, section II (Bnei Brak 2000).
283x16 cm. In generally good condition. Several tears and stains. Color of embroidery threads slightly faded.

Opening1,500$ Sold For2,460$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 69

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Pair of Rimonim for Torah Scroll – Vienna

Pair of Rimonim [Torah finials] for Torah scroll. Vienna, end of 19th century or beginning of 20th century.
Silver (stamped on base with two stamps), hammered and engraved, partially gilded.
Height: 33 cm, diameter: 11 cm. One Rimon is missing a bell.

Opening1,800$ Sold For2,214$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 31

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Velvet Tablecloth for Shabbat and Festivals – Germany

Embroidered tablecloth for Shabbat and festivals. Germany.
Cloth; high quality embroidery using colorful threads.
Square tablecloth. At top, embroidery of large vulture, beneath it the words "Ken Yagen" as well as "Beג€™ezrat HaShem Yitbarach" and "Zeh Keli Veג€™anvehu"; two lions grasping the tablets of the Ten Commandments with inscription "Moג€™adei Kodesh" and in center of tablecloth - "Yevarechecha HaShem Meג€™Zion, Tivneh VeTechonen Yerushalayim Ir HaKodesh", with ornaments of Star of David and image of European village with a water well. The composition of all the abovementioned ornaments, embroidered in the center of the tablecloth resemble the Torah Ark. On sides of tablecloth, order of Kiddush for Shabbat and Yom Tov, with unique ornaments: Inscription "Tiku BaChodesh Shofar BaKeseh LeYom Chagenu" with embroidery in shape of Shofar along with inscription: "Eleh Moג€™adei HaShem Mikraג€™ei Kodesh" with embroidery in shape of cake and knife. Gilded ornaments sewn onto borders of tablecloth. 52x55 cm. Stains and few tears and damage to velvet cloth.

Opening1,600$ Sold For2,214$ Including buyers premium

Auction 20 Lot Number 1

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Lithograph of Jewish Torah Leaders, Berlin c. 1868

"Torah Leaders" - a large lithograph print leaf. Group photograph of 22 figures of renowned rabbis from Hungary, Germany and Poland. Leaf enclosed with the names of the rabbis in the photograph. Berlin, [between 1868-1870]. C. Fisher printing.
Portraits of : the "Ktav Sofer", Rabbi Eliyahu Guttmacher, Rabbi Yisrael Lifshitz, Rabbi Shlomo Eiger, Rabbi Dubrish Meizlish, Maharatz Chayut etc. The year of printing is not noted - it was printed after Sivan 1868 and before Kislev 1871, since the date of the death of Rabbi Elazar Horwitz Av Beit Din of Vienna on the 21st of Sivan 1868 is mentioned. Rabbi Ya'akov Ettlinger, author of "Aruch LaNer" is mentioned as still living and he died on the 25th of Kislev 1871.
41x55 cm + 10x55 cm. Good condition, in antique and decorated wooden frame 75x90 cm, damaged frame. (Not examined out of frame).

Opening800$ Sold For1,968$ Including buyers premium
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