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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.  thick paper leaves with hand-made texture, fabric binding 35 cm, with original illustrations and writing. Good condition.
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.
Plate with etched ornaments, product of "Bezalel". Jerusalem, .
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, ". Diameter: 31 cm. Good condition. Source: Collection of Gur Aryeh family.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wimpel (linen Torah binder) for Torah Scroll, from circumcision of Eliezer Lipman son of Rabbi Shmuel. Germany, .
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.
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.
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.
Ketuba printed on parchment from Jerusalem. Filled in by hand for the marriage of the "nice groom" Yosef ben Moshe Chadida with the bride "from the house that performs loving-kindness" Esther bat Yehuda ben Maman, Tֳ©touan (Morocco), 1913.
Ketuba printed with colored ink, Oriental handwriting, on parchment (usually, such ketubot were printed only on paper). Ornamentation (printed) of the Holy Sites (the Western Wall, the grave of Rabbi Meir Ba'al HaNess, Ma'arat HaMachpelah, Safed, the Churva of Rabbi Yehuda HaChassid, Rachel's Tomb, Yad Avshalom, the Tower of David, the graves of the kings of the House of David), lions, Torah crown, etc.
59 cm. Good condition, stains and wear, small tear to margin. Part of the witnesses' signatures are erased.
Pair of Rimonim [Torah finials] for Torah Scroll. Halab?, 19th century.
Silver (unstamped), hammered and engraved.
Decorated with geometrical vegetation patterns. Six chains hanging from each Rimon with decorated crescents at their tip.
Height: 30 cm, diameter: 8 cm. Good condition.
Book binding. Europe, 20th century.
Silver (stamped), cast and hammered, high quality work. Adorned with lions, flowers, leaves and geometric shapes.
Pair of Rimonim [Torah finials] for Torah Scroll. Turkey, 20th century.
Silver (unstamped), hammered and engraved.
Inscription engraved upon posts: "Donation of Flor Pizanti" / "For the elevation of the soul of her husband Ben-Zion David Pizanti son of Rachel". Each Rimon has six silver bells hanging from it.
Height: 24 cm, diameter: 8 cm. Good condition.
Illustrated and hand-painted mizrach. Jerusalem, [end of 19th century or beginning of 20th century].
Water colors and ink on paper.
At top, the "Western Wall" and "Mizrach". At center, a large illustration of the Western Wall with cypress trees, designed like the engravings that appeared in the Jerusalem printings at the end of the 19th century. At the sides, inscription with the initials of Mizrach, at the four corners are illustrations of the Holy Sites in round frames: Me'arat HaMachpelah, Kings from the House of David, [grave of] Rachel the Matriarch and [the grave of] Shmuel the Prophet. At the bottom, "Jerusalem" and "If I forget you Jerusalem my right hand shall be forgotten".
Leaf 41x26 cm. in 46.5x36 cm. Good condition. Stains. Not examined out of frame.
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.
Five Wimpels [linen Torah binders], embroidered or painted on fabric:
* Remnants of Wimpel from 1782. Sewn onto new cloth, with minor inaccuracies: "ג€¦ dear Rabbi Kaliv Katz S--- Motג€¦ Feish Shai born on Tuesdayג€¦ Tevet 1782ג€¦". *Wimpel with Unclear text and ornaments, embroidered along length of Wimpel (and not along width, as customary). * Yuzel (Yozef Kaufman) son of Shmuel of Leutershausen, born on Wednesday 21st of Iyar (Taurus) 1885ג€¦". * "Tzvi son of Rabbi Avraham Kaufman born on Monday 28th of Sivan 1893ג€¦". * Menachem son of Rabbi Zadok born on Adar 1914ג€¦". Various sizes and conditions.
Spice tower. Europe, [19th century].
Silver (stamped: 12) engraved and pierced.
The upper part is egg-shaped, at the top is a silver marble under a standing bird. The base of the tower stands on four silver marbles. Engraved ornamentation in floral patterns.
Height: 13.5 cm, maximum width: 5.5 cm. Very good condition.