Lot 126: Large Family Photographs - Sassoon Family
November 15, 2016
Jerusalem, IsraelLive Auction
Description: Seven large photographs of members of the Sassoon family, known as "Rothschilds of the East". The Sassoon family, of Baghdadi descent, held a dominant position in trade between the British Empire and India and the Far East. The family settled in India, and later in England and in Eretz Israel, and gained international renown, in part due to the great wealth they accumulated, used for vast philanthropic activity; and thanks to family member such as the collector David Solomon Sassoon and his mother the scholar Farha (Flora) Sassoon. Among the photographs are portraits of some of the most famous Sassoon family members. Some of the photographs are in large format and of exceptional quality, and part are framed in exquisite frames. 1. Photographs of Aziza Sassoon (1839-1897) - daughter of Sir Abdullah-Meir (Albert), son of David Sassoon; wife of Yehezkel (Ezekiel), son Yehushua Gubbay; mother of Farha (Flora) Sassoon. Approximately 28X23 cm. Framed in an elaborate gilded frame and an additional frame. 2. Photograph of Solomon David Sassoon (1841-1894) with his wife Farha (Flora) and their daughter, Lady Rachel (Ezra). Stamped: P. Vuccino - photo-studio in Bombay. Approx. 28X23 cm. Framed in an elaborate gilded frame and an additional frame. 3. Large photograph of Farha (Flora) Sassoon n?e Gubbay, wife of Solomon David Sassoon. Born in Bombay in 1856 and passed away in London in 1936. Signed in monogram and dated, May 1900. 54.5X61 cm. No frame. Defects and tears at margins. 4. Photograph of Lady Rachel Ezra (from childhood), daughter of Solomon David Sassoon, wife of Sir David Ezra (born in Bombay in 1877 and passed away in England in 1952). Signed: P. Vuccino & Co. - photo-studio in Bombay. Approx. 28X23 cm. Eleborate gilded frame and an additional frame. 5. Photograph of Lady Rachel Ezra (see above, no. 4). Stamp of a photographer from Culcutta. Approx. 23X15 cm. Framed. 6. Photograph of Baronet Philip Sassoon (1888-1939) as a child with his mother, Aline Caroline de Rothschild (1865-1909) wife of Baronet Edward Sassoon [son of Abdullah (Albert) David Sassoon]. Approx. 47X35 cm. Framed. 7. Photograph of Mazal Tov - daughter of Farha (Flora) Sassoon, wife of Solomon David Sassoon, sister of David Solomon Sassoon (Born in Bombay in 1884, died in London, at a young age, in 1921). Mounted on cardboard of "Photo Studio Lala Deen Dayal & Sons" in Bombay. 28.5X23.5 cm. Framed. Provenance: Sassoon family collection.