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Judaica, Ceremonial Art & Israeliana

by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd


277 lots with images

January 23, 2013

Live Auction

Hechal Shlomo Building

58 King George Street

Jerusalem, 91076 Israel

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Lot 1: Impressive "Shiviti" on Parchment, for the Synagogue - Europe, 1812

Description: "Shiviti" sign. [Central Europe, apparently Germany]. 1812; renewed in 1866.Black / brown and red ink on parchment.Impressive "Shiviti" used in the Synagogue. On its upper margins (in Aramaic): "Woe to the person who talks in the Synagogue". At the top: "Know before whom you are standing, before the King of Kings 'HaKadosh Baruch Hu'" and "Shiviti Hashem L'Negdi Tamid". In the center is an illustration of a "menorah" with verses from Psalms, supported by two lions, flanked by two flowers. All around are various letter combinations and Names of G-d. Written around the right, bottom and left margins: "Man worries about the loss of his money but does not worry about the loss of his days. His money does not help him and his days do not return". Acronym of "Turn away from evil and do good" and of "Only good to Israel forever". At the base of the "menorah" is the date the sign was manufactured, "5572", and at the sides, the name of the person who made it," Avraham Katz". Some of the letters and ornamentation have been damaged and restored in 1866 as written on the bottom margins: "Repaired and renewed by me Yidel Esheim in 5626".33X34 cm. Two pieces, a few centimeters long, are missing and were restored by sewing in 1866. Two holes (apparently, one was used for hanging). Stains.

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Lot 2: "Shiviti" Adorned with "Piyutim" for Purim - Iranian Kurdistan

Description: "Shiviti" for hanging on the wall of a Synagogue, with "piyutim" for Purim and the blessing said over reading the "megillah". [Iranian Kurdistan, late 19th century or beginning of 20th century].Ink and paint on paper.In the center upper area is a "LaMenatzeach menorah". On the two remaining columns of the upper part and on the right column of the lower part is the piyut "Tnu Shira" / Yedidim Barchu Po'el Gevurot" by the poet Yafet ben Ye(hud)a (not complete), different from the familiar version. In the middle column at the bottom part are the blessings before reading the "megillah", and in the left column is an addition to the blessing "Harav Et Riveinu" for Purim. Part of the version of that addition is not known.The leaf is dated at the end: "Rosh Chodesh Adar 5425". Apparently, the person who made this "Shiviti" copied the "piyut" and the addition mentioned above from an early "Shiviti" poster, from 1665. The bibliographer and researcher Menashe Refael Lehman tells of a similar poster in the "Sinai" anthology (Issue 98, 1986, pp. 74-75): "The piyut 'Yedidim Barchu Poel Gevurot'... was not known until the present. It was written in various places on a parchment poster for Purim drawn in glorious colors and with clauses from the 'megillah'. I recently purchase the poster from an Arab merchant in the Old City of Jerusalem". Lehman adds that apparently, the poster originated in Persia. On the cardboard that comes with the leaf, the owner wrote "Bought in Jerusalem on August 1964". 31.9X39 cm. Fair condition. Tears, creases, stains and folding marks. Minor damages to writing. Glued on another leaf, on the reverse side are handwritten inscriptions. See: "Light and Shadows - The Story of Iran and the Jews" exhibition catalogue (Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv, 2010), pp. 48-49.

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Lot 3: "Shiviti" / Large Hand-Drawn Amulet - Herat, Afghanistan

Description: Large "Shiviti" for hanging, with kabalistic motifs and letter-combinations for protection. Herat, Western Afghanistan, [end of 19th century or beginning of 20th century]. Ink on paper.Large impressive "Shiviti". Adorned at the top with Stars of David, Tablets of Law and crowns; in the center are ten Psalms written in the shape of large "menorahs" and in the shape of a Star of David; in the margins and on the lower part are Psalms in the shape of arches.At the bottom is a long text in Hebrew and Arabic / Persian Hebrew, incorporated with kabalistic letter combinations with the author's name as well: "Mashiach Ashgari The Small, dust under the feet of the wise, lives in Herat Afghanistan... for the well-being of the young man Shmuel Chayai --- he and his whole family and all --- and his relatives and all he has...". At the end of the text is the verse "G-d shall bless you, and make you fruitful and you shall become a congregation of nations" - a segula for fertility.49X59 cm. in frame 61X71.5 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains. Tears, some with damage to text (especially in margins) - professionally restored. Creases and folding marks. Not examined out of frame.

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Lot 4: "Shiviti" - Handwritten Decorated Parchment Leaf - Morocco

Description: ["Shiviti"], "The merit of Rabbi David HaLevi should protect you", decorated leaf for hanging in the synagogue. Morocco, [19th century].Ink and paint on parchment; gold color; tiny metal sequins.At the top of the leaf is an illustration of a crown, under which the name of G-d appears above the inscription "The merit of Rabbi David HaLevi should protect you" [Rabbi David ben Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi of Daraa, a Spanish exile who reached Morocco in 1492; Torah scholar and mekubal, author of Sefer HaMalchut]. In the center of the leaf are three lamps. The drawing of the right lamp is composed of the words of Ana BeKoach, the middle lamp is composed of the words of Psalm 67 and the left is composed of the words of Psalm 121 (Shir LaMa'alot). Under the lamps is the version of a kabalistic prayer for livelihood from the Holy Zohar. The leaf has colored and golden decorations, in geometric and plant patterns; entirely enclosed in a window-shaped frame. The Ana B'Koach lamp and the Shir LaMa'alot lamp are also enclosed in pointed window-shaped frames. The row of flowers in a peripheral frame, the crown at the top of the leaf and the center lamp are decorated with tiny sequins, sewn to the parchment leaf (on the reverse side, papers were glued to protect the threads from unraveling).40X59 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Minor damages to paint. Creases.

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Four Parchment Amulets - Home Protection

Lot 5: Four Parchment Amulets - Home Protection

Description: Four parchment amulets for protecting the home.Ink on parchment, cut in the shape of a square.Incantations, oaths, names of angels and letter combinations for protecting the home. Four amulets designated for hanging on four sides of the house, with the inscriptions "East", "West", "North" and "South".Approximately 13X13 cm. Stains.

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Amulet Pendant for Protection

Lot 6: Amulet Pendant for Protection

Description: Amulet pendant for protection. [Oriental country, beginning of 20th century].Metal, folk art engraving.Names of angels and oaths.Approximately 5X5 cm. Rust and welding marks. Broken hanging loop.

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Handwritten Leaf - Prayer for

Lot 7: Handwritten Leaf - Prayer for "Tikun Keri" - Rawitsch, 1818

Description: Prayer for "Tikun Keri". Large leaf, for hanging in the Synagogue. Rawitsch, Posen region, Germany / Poland, 1818.Ink on thick paper.Large handwritten leaf, for hanging in the Synagogue. At the top, the word "Yehi" is enlarged inside a round frame. The times for reading the prayer are specified on the right and left of the leaf: "On Shabbat when the New Month is blessed say this prayer"; "Look at the time the 'Chazan' says 'UMipnei Chata'enu'and say this prayer" (This prayer is said according to the "Mekubalim" in the Synagogue during "Birkat HaChodesh", on "Yamim Nora'im" and festivals during the "Mussaf" prayer). The word "Yehi", the instructions and the leaf's frame all have branch-like delicate decorations. At the bottom of the leaf, in an oval frame, is the year and name of the scribe: "Shmuel ben HaChaver Yeshaya the scribe of the Rawitsch community". 36X49.5 cm. frame 63.5X77.5 cm. Fair condition. Dark paper. Several blurred letters. Stains, tears and damage to margins, professionally restored. Not examined out of frame.

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Lot 8: "Ushpizin" - Colored Hand-Illustrated Poster - Sukkah Decoration - Italy, 19th Century

Description: "Ushpizin", colored hand-illustrated poster. [Italy, 19th century].Watercolor on cardboard.In the center, in large letters, is the invitation to the "Ushpizin" on the third day of "Succot". [Written above the words in small letters: "Say on the third evening and on the third day"]. Surrounding the words is a colorful frame decorated with branches and flowers. 38X54 cm. Stains and wear.

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Prayer While Removing the Torah Scroll from the Ark - Handwritten Leaf - France

Lot 9: Prayer While Removing the Torah Scroll from the Ark - Handwritten Leaf - France

Description: Handwritten leaf, with the prayer said while opening the Torah Ark. France, [beginning of 20th century].Ink and gold and silver paint on thick paper.The text is written in black lettering, surrounded by illustrations of the Two Tablets of Law, lions holding a Torah scroll, angels and Stars of David, in gold and silver paint. On the bottom is a handwritten dedication in French, in memory of one of the members of the Kahane family, with note of the date of his death (June 29, no year noted).27.5X60 cm. Fair-good condition. Many stains. Tears to margins. Few creases.

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Printed Leaf with Drawings of the Holy Cities - Altona, 1859 - According to Rabbi Chaim Abulafia

Lot 10: Printed Leaf with Drawings of the Holy Cities - Altona, 1859 - According to Rabbi Chaim Abulafia

Description: A single leaf in a large form with drawings of Jerusalem and texts describing the cities of Eretz Israel. Altona, 1859.Written at the top of the leaf: "Account of the genealogy of the holy tzaddikim of Israel and its cities, Shechem, Jerusalem, Hebron and Safed". Next to this inscription is a similar English, German and French translation. The figure of Moshe Rabbeinu is on the right margin and the figure of Aharon the Cohen is on the left margin. In the center of the leaf are four drawings of Jerusalem and two small drawings of the Tomb of Zecharya and the Tomb of Rachel. Printed in the center of the leaf is a text detailing the location of the graves of tzaddikim near the Holy Cities. Printed at the bottom of the leaf is the inscription "If I forget you Jerusalem", drawings of "Yad Avshalom" (a drawing of two hands during Birkat Cohanim), Miriam's Well and a "LaMenatzeach" menorah. Printed on the bottom margin is an inscription citing the source of the text and attributing it to Rabbi Chaim ben Ya'akov Abulafia (the first): "This form has been found written in the handwriting of Rabbi Chaim Abulafia, the Rabbi of Jerusalem and I, R' Binyamin HaCohen Yehoram who sits in the medrash of Sonbol Altona has now printed it". Added on the reverse side are handwritten inscriptions (one is from the 19th century, on the subject of the redemption of Zion).42X52.5 cm. Good-fair condition. The leaf has had professional, artisan rinsing and restoration. Folding marks, tears to margins, damages and stains (all restored). Missing tear to lower margin (approximately 4X12 cm.) - restored.

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Protection for Home and Childbed - Israel Back Printing - Jerusalem, 1863

Lot 11: Protection for Home and Childbed - Israel Back Printing - Jerusalem, 1863

Description: Amulet, protection for home and childbed. [Israel Back printing], Jerusalem, [1863].Printed in leaf margins, near frame, is the inscription "May it be your will G-d the G-d of Israel that you shall command your holy angels to protect this house from all types of illnesses and pain and misfortunes that happen suddenly in the world...". The leaf also has the "Shir LaMa'a lot", a square with the names of "Adam and Eve, Avraham and Sarah...", "Do not let a witch live...", name of angels, "If I forget you Jerusalem..." and a drawing (woodcut) of the city of Jerusalem.20X28.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Tears, folding marks and stains. The leaf underwent restoration. Rare. S. HaLevi no. 88. See also S. Halevi no. 87 and the Bibliography Institute CD Listing 0179368.

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Lot 12: "Mizrah" / Prayer of Rabbi Yishmael Cohen Gadol - Jerusalem, 1866

Description: Mizrah / An Awesome prayer by Rabbi Yishmael Cohen Gadol. Single leaf, "From the new printing press of R' Avraham Rotenberg", Jerusalem, [c. 1866].Printed on the four corners are drawings: The Western Wall, The Tomb of Rachel, The Tomb of Zecharya and "Ma'arat HaMachpela". At the top of the leaf, in the center: "Mizrah - the spirit of life is from this direction". Printed underneath is the title, An Awesome prayer by Rabbi Yishmael Cohen Gadol and under that is a rectangle with the inscription "Sha'ar Ora". The text itself is printed in three columns: printed in the right and left column is the prayer of Rabbi Yishmael Cohen Gadol, "whoever says it every day in the Synagogue or at home is saved from all evil happenings...", printed in the middle column are two chapters of Psalms (34, 72) to be read before reciting the prayer. At the bottom of the leaf: "Printed in Yerushalem; this holy prayer is cited in the book Amtachat Binyamin [by Rabbi Binyamin Beinish ben Yehuda Leib HaCohen, Wilhermsdorf 1716] and after seeing it, I said that is something good to distribute throughout the Jewish people and to reprint it on a board. In this manner each person will be able to purchase it and hang it on the walls of his home and read it. And G-d will be with him and he will succeed wherever he endeavors and he will receive the blessing mentioned above. These are the words of the publisher of this dear item, Moshe ben Rabbi Avraham Binyamin Rivlin". Rabbi Avraham Rotenberg's printing press operated in Jerusalem from 1866-1868 and from 1877-1878; this leaf was dated according to the writing in its lower margins, "In the new printing press of Rabbi Avraham Rotenberg".33.5X44 cm. Fair-good condition. Tears, primarily to upper margins and on folding lines, professionally restored. Creases and stains. Placed in a frame 52.5X72.5 cm. Not examined out of the frame. Rare. Bibliographically unknown, does not appear in "Sifrei Yerushalayim HaRishonim" by Shoshana HaLevi and differs from the Mizrah mentioned in the Bibliography Institute CD Listing 0313739 and from other Mizrah items printed in Jerusalem in those times.

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Home Protection Amulet - Moshe Mizrahi

Lot 13: Home Protection Amulet - Moshe Mizrahi

Description: Protection for the home, for all matters from the book "Raziel HaMalach". Jerusalem, [c. 1920].Color lithographic printing on paper.In the center is a circular diagram, with a large illustration of the Temple Mount - Dome of the Rock, above the words "by Moshe ben Yitzchak Mizrahi". Around is another circular diagram of 12 medals with illustrations of "Kivrei Avot" (Rachel's tomb, "Ma'arat HaMachpela", the graves of the kings of the house of David, Joseph's tomb, tomb of "Shmuel HaNavi", the tomb of "Rashbi", etc.). On the corners are illustrations of animals with a quote of the "mishnah" from Tractate "Avot": "Be bold as a tiger and light as an eagle and run like a deer and be strong as a lion". At the top and on the margins are combinations of verses and kabalistic names of angels, as well as the inscription "Ben Porat Yosef Ben Porat Alai Ayin...".44.5X57.5 cm. in a frame 60.5X75.5 cm. Few stains, slight folding marks. Not examined out of frame.

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Lot 14: Two Large "Mizrah" Leaves with a Map of Eretz Israel

Description: 1. "... A memorial gift from 'Kollel Chibat Yerushalayim' in the Holy Land". Litho printed by A. L. Monsom, Jerusalem, [1920s]. Lithographic printing on paper; gold printing. Illustrations of the Holy Cities, the graves of our ancestors and various ornamentations. In the center is a map of Eretz Israel. 10X65 cm. Minor tears and stains to margins.2. "Jerusalem - Mizrah - Map of Palestine". [USA?], 1937. Lithographic printing on paper. In the center is a map of Eretz Israel and its surroundings. Around the map are drawings of the Holy Places, list of 22 settlements in Eretz Israel and place for writing "yahrtzeit" dates. 43X56 cm. Good condition.

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Synagogue of Alexandria - Large Hand-Painted Leaf - New York, End of 19th Century

Lot 15: Synagogue of Alexandria - Large Hand-Painted Leaf - New York, End of 19th Century

Description: The First Synagogue of Alexanderie in Egypt, by Prof. J. S. Kolbe. New York, [end of 19th century].Lithographic printing on paper, hand-painted.In the center of the leaf is a large illustration of "the inside of the Synagogue in Alexandria, Egypt"; on the right is the "outside". At the top of the leaf are the ark, the two Tablets of Law and two lions holding a Torah crown. Around the leaf are five illustrations of vessels and themes of the Temple and another 13 illustrations that portray Biblical scenes (described in English and Yiddish-Deitsch). The picture of the Synagogue of Alexandria was drawn by Yehoshua Yosef Kolbe (1807-1920). Kolbe was born in Warsaw or in Brisk and dedicated his life to the research of the First and Second Temples. For his research, he traveled to European cities and visited various libraries. He presented the conclusions of his research, accompanied by detailed sketches, in his book "Binyan Ariel" (he received approbations from leading rabbis from the East and West on his book and published it in Yiddish as well). He spent the last years of his life in Jerusalem.In 1887, Kolbe published a similar leaf, by the name "Bible Sceneries", with an illustration of the inside of the Temple in its center, totally identical to this illustration of the Synagogue in Alexandria. See attached material.56.5X70.5 cm. Frame 70X83.5 cm. Fair-poor condition. Tears, some lacking (primarily the bottom right corner). Tape repairs.

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Lot 16: "Purim" in the Synagogue - Hand-Painted Woodcut - France, 1750

Description: 15è Vue d'optique nouvelle, représentant les Juifs dans leur Sinagogue, Célébrants une de leurs Solemnités appelée le Purim. Hand-painted woodcut. Jacques-Gabriel Huquier; Henry Émile Vivarez. Paris, [c. 1750].The woodcut portrays the Jews' "Purim" celebrations in the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam. Definite similarities can be found between this woodcut and the woodcut made by Bernard Picart in 1721, which depicts the celebration of the inauguration of the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam. 26X40 cm. glued on a cardboard 30.5X44 cm. Its bottom part including the description of the woodcut has been folded and glued on the reverse side of the cardboard. Few stains. Minor damages to the woodcut edges and two small holes. Damages to reverse side of cardboard.

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Embroidery - Flora Avraham (Sassoon) - India, 1867

Lot 17: Embroidery - Flora Avraham (Sassoon) - India, 1867

Description: Embroidery, made by Flora Avraham. India, 1867.Colored threads; net fabric.Embroidery, made by Flora Avraham in her youth. The ornamentations: a squirrel and a deer, a crown and flowers, numerals and the letters of the Latin alphabet. Embroidered on the bottom is the inscription "Flora Avraham 1867".Flora Avraham (Sassoon) was born in India in 1856; in 1876, she married Shlomo David Sassoon. For a number of years after her husband's death in 1894, Flora managed the family textile company in Bombay and in 1901 moved to England. Passed away in England in 1936.39X50 cm. in a 45X57 cm. frame. Fair-good condition. Stains. Not examined out of the frame. For additional details about Flora Avraham and the Sassoon family, see the article by John G. Rolland, "The Baghdad Community", from "Indian Jewry - Bnei Israel, Kutchinim, Baghdadim" edited by Orpah Salpak (Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1995), pp. 33-34.

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Lot 18: "Mizrah" - Embroidery

Description: "Mizrah", embroidery. Origin unknown, [early 20th century].Black and yellow threads; net fabric.At the top is a "Magen David" with the letter "Mem", the beginning of the verse "From the rising of the sun until the place it sets, G-d's name is praised", which appears in the center of the Mizrah. Adorned with five flowers (six-pointed stars). 33X38.5 cm. frame : 44X50 cm. Stains. Not examined out of frame.

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Large Hand-Drawn

Lot 19: Large Hand-Drawn "Shiviti" - Jerusalem, 1927

Description: "Shiviti Hashem LeNegdi Tamid". Jerusalem, 1927.Ink and paint on paper."Shiviti" in large format, written, drawn and painted by hand, made by "Sinor ben Reuven, in honor of the Chacham Yehonatan ben Chacham Yosef".Various adornments in plant and geometric patterns, circles with Stars of David and the word "Zion", integrated into various texts: "Ben porat Yosef ben porat alei ayin...", the Ten Commandments (appear twice at the top of the "Shiviti"), a large "LaMenatzeach" menorah, Psalms 24 (quoted in full), etc. According to the design of the verse "And I, in your great kindness shall come to your House, and shall bow down to your Holy Temple with fear" and other verses, and according to the white color marks, it seems that the work on the "Shiviti" was not entirely completed.59X75 cm. Fair-poor condition. Creases, stains and many tears. A rectangular strip is missing at the bottom.

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Lot 20: "Mizrah" - Copper Plate - Europe

Description: Mizrah. [Europe - Germany?], [First half of 20th century].Copper plate, etched and engraved.At the top, the inscription "Mizrah" appears between drawings of an eagle and a deer, in the center is a large Star of David, decorated with geometric patterns and the verse "From the rising of the sun until the place where it sets, the name of G-d is praised" (Psalms 113, 3). On its bottom is the inscription Jerusalem between drawings of The "Tomb of Rachel and The Holy City of Zion and the tombs of the kings of the House of David". 20X27 cm. Good condition.

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Papercut -

Lot 21: Papercut - "Mizrah"

Description: From this side is the spirit of life - Mizrah. Papercut. Eretz Israel, second half of the 20th century.Various ornamentations: The Two Tablets of Law, lions, a menorah, birds and various animals. 34X41.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Several tears. Stains. Glued on cardboard.

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Lot 22: "Shiviti" - Printed Micrograph - Pápa Community - Hungary

Description: "Know before whom you stand" / "Shiviti", for hanging in the Synagogue. Printed micrograph work made by Nechemya Meisner of Pápa, Hungary. Eretz Israel or Hungary, [ 1930s/40s]. Facsimile of micrograph made in Hungary in 1936. Geometric decorations, Stars of David, "menorah" and lions. Text: verses, prayer sections, kabalistic letter combinations and variations of G-d's name. On the bottom part: "I wrote this in memory of my uncle, a man who pursued charity and loving-kindness, Rabbi Ya'akov Eisen, Nechemya Meisner of Pápa, 5697, 28th of Tishrei". Some of the decorations were hand-painted. 49X63.5 cm. Good condition. Minor tears and holes to margins. Few stains.

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Five Megillot - Micrograph Printed in Large Format

Lot 23: Five Megillot - Micrograph Printed in Large Format

Description: Five Megillot. Printed micrographic work. Eretz Israel, 1930s.Illustration of a large bird standing on a tree branch with outstretched wings. The text: Five Megillot, in Rashi script. Printed under the illustration: "Here are all the Five Megillot, written in pure and clean Rashi script which the reader can easily read, written by Levi Rabinowitz". The details of the original printing have been erased from the bottom margin and on top of them "Jerusalem 1936" is written in ink. In several other places, printed words were "reinforced" in brown ink. 33X42 cm. paper sheet 46.5X64.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Creases to margins.

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Ketubah on Parchment - Siena (Italy), 1693

Lot 24: Ketubah on Parchment - Siena (Italy), 1693

Description: Ketubah on the marriage of Levi ben Yosef Orvieto with the bride Simcha bat Mordechai. Orvieto. Siena, (Italy), December 2, 1693.Ink on parchment.Title in calligraphic lettering "He who finds a wife finds good". Frame with floral decorations. On the top and bottom of the frame are drawings of small frames (cartouches), sometimes used for impressing family emblems. Witnesses signatures: "Eliezer ben R' Shabtai Vitirbo" and "Ya'akov ben Avraham Mon-lato-". 41X46 cm. frome 64X68 cm. Fair condition, stains and folds. Missing tear on upper left side, with damage to frame drawing and to text, professionally restored. Not examined out of frame.See: Ketubbah: Jewish marriage contracts of the Hebrew Union College Skirball Museum and Klau Library, Shalom Sabar (New York, 1990), pp. 162-163.Provenance: Sotheby's - important Judaica, New York, November 30, 2006. Item no. 201.

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Decorated Ketubah on Parchment - Gibraltar, 1843

Lot 25: Decorated Ketubah on Parchment - Gibraltar, 1843

Description: Decorated ketubah, on the marriage of the groom Menachem Ebn Dilak with the bride Estrella Ben-Zaken. Gibraltar, August 30, 1843.Ink and paint on parchment. Sefardic writing.At the top of the ketuba are the word "BaRivi'i" and "B'Simana Tava U'Vemazala U'Vishat Ratzon", in square letters and gilded ink. Colored decorated frame: flowers, jugs and a large crown, hand-drawn with a stencil. The amounts are listed in Spanish currency, "Spanish pesos". Signatures: The groom and witnesses Efraim Konki and Ya'akov Didia Ardit.59X66 cm. Fair-good condition. Creases and folding marks. Stains. Left margins slightly cutoff. Restored (old restoration) tears and damages in several places with damage to text.

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Illustrated Ketubah - Isfahan, 1874

Lot 26: Illustrated Ketubah - Isfahan, 1874

Description: "B'Simana Tava U'Vemazala Ya'e "- Ketubah on the occasion of the marriage of the groom Moshe ben Yitzchak with the bride Miriam bat Yosef. Isfahan (Persia), 1874.A large Ketubah, color illustrations, with ornamentation and motifs characteristic of the region and the times: birds, peacocks and flowers.To demonstrate their faithfulness to the country, Persian Jews used to adorn their ketubot with the emblem of the Persian rule: a lion in front of a rising sun. This Ketubah has two illustrations of lions, one opposite the other, for symmetry. Behind each lion is a sun with a human face.65X69 cm. Placed in a frame. Good-fair condition. Not examined out of frame.

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Illustrated Ketubah on Parchment - Rome, 1888

Lot 27: Illustrated Ketubah on Parchment - Rome, 1888

Description: Decorated ketubah, on the marriage of Yeshaya Tzitoni with the bride Costantsa Castili.Rome, November 25, 1888.Ink and paint on parchment. Square Italian writing.At the top of ketubah is the word "B'Echad" in a decorative frame, under the inscription "B'Simana tava u'vemazala ma'alya l'chatana u'l'kalat...". The frame is decorated with a bugle, flowers, a jug, a helmet of a Roman soldier and boats in the sea. On the bottom is an illustration of a basin leaning on spears and wooden supports, emitting fire and smoke.Signed: Witnesses Mordechai Ya'akov Yoseph ben Avraham Yitzchak of Kapua and Shlomo Yehuda ben Avraham Yosef Perugia.48.5X67.5 cm. Folding marks. Minor tears to margins. Stains, primarily to margins. Some of the illustrations were newly painted or their color was reinforced.

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Carpet - The High Commissioner - Persia, 1922

Lot 28: Carpet - The High Commissioner - Persia, 1922

Description: "Sir Herbert Samuel", carpet. Persia, 1922.In the center of the carpet is the figure of the first British High Commissioner in Eretz Israel, Sir Herbert Samuel, holding an English top hat on his knees. At the top of the tapestry is the inscription: "Sir Herbert Samuel"; on the right margin: 1922; on the left margin: identical inscription in Arabic; on the bottom: "Zionist Iraq Moshe".The artist Aryeh Aroch had a similar tapestry from 1928 in his collection, which served as an inspiration for his important drawing "The High Commissioner" (1966, Israel Museum Collection).54X78 cm. Upper part has missing fringes. Few stains on bottom fringes. Two lengthwise leather strips are sewn on reverse side.

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Carpet - Theodor Herzl

Lot 29: Carpet - Theodor Herzl

Description: A carpet with the portrait of Theodor Herzl (facing right) and the Tower of David. [Produced by the weaving department of the Alliance School, Jerusalem, beginning of the 1920s].60X160 cm. Fair-good condition. Most of the fringes are missing. On the upper reverse side an additional fabric sheet was glued, for hanging.

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Two Carpets Made by

Lot 30: Two Carpets Made by "Bezalel"

Description: Two carpets made by the carpet department of "Bezalel". Jerusalem, [between 1906 and 1914].Wool yarn tied onto a cotton warp (stamped: "Bezalel").Decorated with geometrical patterns.The carpet department opened immediately at the time Bezalel was founded, in May 1906. In the beginning, Shmuel Ben-David, Avraham Bar-Adon and Ya'akov Kanterovitz headed the department. The carpets were also made as housecrafts in the workers' shops. Wool and linen carpets were made in the Bezalel workshop until World War I; carpets made in this period have the "Bezalel" inscription.39X67 cm. 36.5X67 cm. Good condition. Wear and minor damages.

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King Solomon with Animals - Colored Enamel Board - Persia

Lot 31: King Solomon with Animals - Colored Enamel Board - Persia

Description: King Solomon with animals. Persia, [beginning of 20th century].Enamel board, written, drawn and colored by hand.Impressive illustration in bold colors, King Solomon sitting on an elaborate throne surrounded by many animals. At the top of the board is the verse "Go out and see, Daughters of Zion, King Solomon with the crown his mother coronated him on his wedding day and on the day his heart rejoiced"; frame ornamented with flowers and birds. Apparently, the illustration is a variation of a scene which appeared in illustrated editions of the national Persian epos" Shahnemeh" (by the poet Ferdowsi) of the 16th-17th century which presents King Solomon surrounded by animals.15.5X23 cm. elaborate frame 29X36 cm. Not examined out of the frame.

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The Binding of Isaac - Illustrated Ceramic Tiles - Holland, 18th Century

Lot 32: The Binding of Isaac - Illustrated Ceramic Tiles - Holland, 18th Century

Description: Nine illustrated ceramic tiles portraying the story of the binding of Isaac ("Akeidat Yitzchak"). Holland [mid 18th century].Illustrated ceramic tiles; wooden board.The tiles joined together portray an illustration of Abraham preparing to bind Isaac on the altar with an angel above him.The tiles are glued on a wooden board 39X39 cm. (each tile is 13X13 cm). Good-fair condition. Minor breaks to edges of most of the tiles. Scratches. Two tiles have damages with paint repairs.

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Cycle of Life Painting - Holland, Early 19th Century

Lot 33: Cycle of Life Painting - Holland, Early 19th Century

Description: "Cycle of Life" painting. Holland, [c. 1800].Oil on wood.In the center are two symmetrical staircases integrated into one unit, leading to a gate blocked by a low fence. Nine figures stand on the stairs, with their ages written on the stairs, from age ten until ninety, in intervals of ten years, from left to right.The figures on the left side of the stairs are vivid and lively - young men dressed in red and brown garments, elaborate brim hats on their heads, one holding a dagger, the other a flag, the third wearing a cape.The figures in the center of the staircases and the figures on the right side are dressed in black - men wearing round hats, their backs bent lower and lower, their beards turning whiter and whiter. In front of the left staircase stands a pregnant woman; at the bottom of the right staircase lies a dead person in shrouds.81X54 cm. Good-fair condition. Painted on three wooden boards connected one to another and framed in original wooden frame.

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Portrait of Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Ashkenasi - The

Lot 34: Portrait of Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Ashkenasi - The "Chacham Zvi" - Oil Painting

Description: Portrait of Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Ashkenasi. [Mid 20th century].Oil on canvas mounted on plywood. Stamped: Freidmann.Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Ashkenasi (1660-1718). Rabbi of Altona, Hamburg and Wandsbek communities, Rabbi of the Ashkenasi community of Amsterdam. Passed through many communities in Ashkenaz and Poland and served as Rabbi of Lvov. Author of the "Chacham Zvi" responsa. His son, Rabbi Ya'akov Emden - the "Ya'avetz", relates in his memoirs that when his father, the "Chacham Zvi" visited England, his portrait was surreptitiously painted in oil, so exact that when he saw the painting "I reeled back as if he was standing here alive". He further tells that from this painting "replicas were made and sold for a high price...". 30X37 cm. in frame 41.5X48.5 cm. Not examined out of the frame.

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Zecharya Frankel - Portrait with a Handwritten Dedication

Lot 35: Zecharya Frankel - Portrait with a Handwritten Dedication

Description: Dr. Zecharya Frankel - portrait. [Germany, 19th century].Lithographic printed illustration, with the inscription: "Ober Rabiner der Israelitischen Gemeinde zu Dresden" [Rabbi of the Jewish congregation of Dresden].Handwritten dedication (in German) and Dr. Z. Frankel's signature.Dr. Zecharya Frankel (1801-1875), Rabbi of the Enlightenment Movement, native of Prague, a leader of the "Chochmat Israel" movement and founder of the conservative movement. From 1836, served as Rabbi of the city of Dresden and as Chief Rabbi of the Saxonia State. One of the founders and heads of the Jewish Theological Seminary in Breslau, and author of "Darchei Hamishna" and other books. Approximately 23X24 cm. placed in pass-partout 19X21 cm. Tears and stains.

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Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spector - Large Lithographic Illustration

Lot 36: Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spector - Large Lithographic Illustration

Description: Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spector of Kovno. Large illustration in colored lithographic printing. Printed in Germany. Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan is wearing the gown of a German rabbi. Printed caption on bottom: "The Great Gaon Maran Yitzchak Elchanon" and "Rabbiner J. E. Spector, Kowno".39X51 cm. Good-fair condition, several coarse tears.

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Burning of the Synagogue on Tlomacka Street - Warsaw - Oil Painting

Lot 37: Burning of the Synagogue on Tlomacka Street - Warsaw - Oil Painting

Description: A Torah scroll rescued from the burning Synagogue on Tlomacka Street. Poland, [mid 20th century]. Oil on canvas mounted on plywood.The painting shows the figure of a Jew holding a Torah scroll, rescued from the Tlomacka Synagogue rising in flames. "Beit HaKnesset HaGadol of Warsaw" / The Synagogue on Tlomacka Street was planned by the Architect Leonardo Marconi and was inaugurated in 1878 with 1100 seats. In 1943, at the end of the suppression of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the District SS officer ordered flaunting the bombing of the Synagogue, and its photographs were sent to Heinrich Himmler's headquarter in Berlin as a sign that the Jewish life in Warsaw was extinguished.49.5X68.5 cm. Several damages.

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Portrait of a Rabbi - Miniature Drawing on Bakelite

Lot 38: Portrait of a Rabbi - Miniature Drawing on Bakelite

Description: Portrait of a Rabbi. Colored drawing on Bakelite. [Germany, beginning of 20th century].Colored Bakelite; glass and copper frame, embedded with ivory. Stamped: N. Scheich (?). Miniature drawing on an elliptic piece of Bakelite.6.5X8.5 cm. frame 12.5X14.5 cm.

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Collage of Leaves and Flowers - Mark Twain's Portrait - Made by Eliyahu Ya'akobi

Lot 39: Collage of Leaves and Flowers - Mark Twain's Portrait - Made by Eliyahu Ya'akobi

Description: Portrait of the author (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) Mark Twain, made by Eliyahu Ya'akobi.[Odessa], 1922.Collage of leaves and flowers; wood and glass frame, copper doors. Stamped: "Eliyahu Ya'akobi, 5682" (on the reverse).19.5 X31.5 cm. original frame: 30.5X46.5 cm. Break to glass (on the reverse).

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Collage of Leaves and Flowers - Portrait of the Author Leo Tolstoy - Made by Eliyahu Ya'akobi

Lot 40: Collage of Leaves and Flowers - Portrait of the Author Leo Tolstoy - Made by Eliyahu Ya'akobi

Description: Portrait of author Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy, made by Eliyahu Ya'akobi. [Odessa, c. 1922].Collage of leaves and flowers; glass and wooden frame, copper doors. Stamped: "Yaakobi" (on the reverse).To the best of our knowledge, this is Eliyahu Ya'akobi's first work.15X22 cm. original frame 26X38.5 cm.

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Rothschild Family - Finely Decorated Family Tree, 1828

Lot 41: Rothschild Family - Finely Decorated Family Tree, 1828

Description: Stammbaum der Frenherrlichen Familie - Mayer Amschel von Rothschild [Family tree of the esteemed family of Mayer Amschel von Rothschild]. Germany, 1828. Elaborate family tree, at top are the Family-father and founder, Amschel (Anschel) Moses Rothschild (born October 1745), his wife (born June 1755) followed by their children: Mayer Amschel, Moses Amschel, Kalman Amschel and their daughter who was married to a son of the Goldschmidt family. The last Rothschilds who are recorded in this tree were born in the 1820's (the youngest was born in 1829), amongst them are Adolf Carl von Rothschild, Gustav de Rothschild, Nethanel de Rothschild and Lyonel de Rothschild.The family tree was printed on heavy good-quality paper, hand-painted in shades of yellow, orange and purple, with golden adornments. 62X101 cm. Good condition, white and clean paper. Few stains. Tears and minor creases to margins. Rolled.

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A Large Handwritten Family Tree -- Apolant Family

Lot 42: A Large Handwritten Family Tree -- Apolant Family

Description: A Large family tree, of the Apolant family. [Eretz Israel, 1930s]. Ink on paper.A large paper sheet, with a sketch of the Apolant family's genealogy. The sketch includes details of names and cities where the family members lived from 1650-1935. For hundreds of years they lived in Central Europe (Prussia, Prague, Berlin, Leszno, Posen), but toward the 20th century, some of them moved to the USA and to Eretz Israel. Other last names of people who married into the Apolant family mentioned in the genealogy are Segal, Vildman, Freidberg, Memelsdorf, Wertheim, Bernstein, Brandett, Adler, Schlesinger, Meyer, Rosenbaum, Lichtenstein, Friedlander, etc. Attached is a photograph album of a baby, son of Dr. Hans-Alexander Wallen (from the Segal family) Apolant. 110X366 cm. Fair-good condition. The right margins are glued on paper, for reinforcement. Tears and creases, primarily to the right margins.

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Ketubah - Papercut

Lot 43: Ketubah - Papercut

Description: Ketubah. Eretz Israel, [late 20th century].Papercut.Ketubah, papercut designed by the artist Ardyn Halter (born in England). Signed by the artist and numbered, 22/100.38X53 cm. frame: 51X66 cm. Good condition. Stains on passé-partout.

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A sheet on the Subject of the Passover Seder - Georgia

Lot 44: A sheet on the Subject of the Passover Seder - Georgia

Description: A large sheet for hanging on a wall, on the subject of the Seder night and Passover. Georgia, [second half of 20th century].Ink on Bristol.Large sheet, mostly written in Kartuli (Georgian). At the top is the title "Passover Seder"; in the center an illustration of "Aggada [!] Seder dish" surrounded by explanations of the Seder dish; on the right margins, the 14 Seder symbols are written in Hebrew and Kartuli, accompanied by explanations in Kartuli.61X85.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Tears to margins. Stains. Moisture damages. Tears repaired with tape. Rolled.

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Lot 45: "Atara" for Kittel

Description: "Atara" (ornamentation) for kittel (?). [Galicia, 19th-20th century].Silver-thread embroidery; cotton lining reinforced by cardboard.In the center are two lions with tongues thrust forward, flanking a flowerpot. Length: 41 cm. width: 12 cm.See: Hidden Treasures, Collection of Jewish Art from Galicia from the Museum of Ethnographies and Art in Lvov (published by "Beit Hatfutsot" - Diaspora Museum, Tel-Aviv. 1994), Items 166-171, where "atarot" of similar size are classified as "atarot" for kittels (and "atarot" with panels and reinforced by cardboard, as those which were probably used as atarot for a kittel).

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Embroidered Amulet for a Baby - Eastern Europe

Lot 46: Embroidered Amulet for a Baby - Eastern Europe

Description: Embroidered amulet for a baby. [Eastern Europe, 19th century].Blue silk fabric with colored embroidery. Used for covering a baby in a cradle. In the center are illustrations of fish against "ayin hara", with embroidered acronym of the verse "Ben Porat Yosef Ben Porat alei ayin". [A well-known "segula" for protection]. Another circular embroidered inscription: "Shlaf mein kind zei gezunt" [Yiddish for: Sleep my child, be healthy]. The inscriptions and illustrations are bordered by colored artistic embroidery: branches, leaves and flowers. 47X55 cm. Slight wear.

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Embroidered Matzah Cover for Passover Seder - England

Lot 47: Embroidered Matzah Cover for Passover Seder - England

Description: Matzah cover for the Passover Seder night. [England, beginning of 20th century].Embroidered fabric, quality colored embroidery work, fringes.Fan-like folding, between the folds the three Seder matzos were placed. Embroidered illustrations: Star of David with inscription "Shel Pesach", Seder table inscribed with the blessing made before eating a matzah and framed with leaves and flowers, and illustrations of the four sons: the wise, the wicked, the simple and he who does not know how to ask. The design of the sons was inspired by the Amsterdam Haggada.Height: 150 cm. Width: 37 cm. Stains.

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Challah Cover

Lot 48: Challah Cover

Description: Challah cover. [Eastern Europe?], 20th century.Fabric; paint. The first two verses of Kiddush are written in the center of the cover flanked by drawings of flowers, a challah and candlesticks.43X52.5 cm. Good condition. Stains and folding marks.

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Six Linen Torah Binders - France

Lot 49: Six Linen Torah Binders - France

Description: Six Wimpels (linen Torah binders). France (Apparently, Alsace), 1924-1963.Paint on fabric.Six linen Torah binders, with letters and illustrations drawn and painted by hand. Some have the name of the baby in Latin letters as well. One binder has a French flag. * Ya'akov Brish ben Yitzchak, born... first day of Rosh Chodesh Elul 1924". "Madil ben Shmuel, born... 25th of Tevet 1953". * "Michael ben Eliyahu Klein, born... first day of Rosh Chodesh Adar 1954". * "Refael ben R' Eliezer, born... 27th of Tevet 1962". * "Yitzchak ben Moshe, born... 18th MarCheshvan 1963".

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Baby's Attire for Pidyon HaBen Ceremony - Iraq

Lot 50: Baby's Attire for Pidyon HaBen Ceremony - Iraq

Description: Baby's attire for Pidyon HaBen ceremony or for Brit Milah. Iraq, [first half of 20th century]. Cotton and silk fabrics; metal silvery embroidery threads; lace.Fancy cloth set for a baby. Apparently, for Pidyon HaBen ceremony. The set is composed of two tablecloths / covers; coat; hat.The tablecloths and hat are bordered with lace. These four objects are high-quality items decorated with silvery metal threads in plant and geometric patterns. Tablecloths: 56X56 cm. 78X78 cm; coat: 43 cm. hat: approximately 13 cm. Stains.

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