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Lot 795: Pair of Important Jewish American Portraits

Est: $5,000 USD - $10,000 USDSold:
Leland Little AuctionsSeptember 13, 2014Hillsborough, NC, US

Item Overview

Description

Depicting Benjamin Nones (1757-1826), his wife, Miriam Marks Nones (1764-1822), and one of their children (likely Bilma (Isabella) de Leon, born 1792). Painted in 1795 by Nicholas Vincent Boudet (active 1793-1820). Both are oil on canvas, the portrait of Mrs. Nones and child is signed at middle right "N. V. Boudet Pinxt 1795." The portrait of Benjamin Nones shows him holding a document dated 1793 from the Treasury of the United States issued to him and signed by Joseph Nourse, Register of the Treasury of the United States, above a red Phrygian or liberty cap. Nourse's home in Washington was Dumbarton Oaks. The paintings are presented in their original frames. SS 35 in. diameter; DOA 40.75 x 41 in. Benjamin Nones is often heralded as the Jewish Lafayette. Born the same year as Lafayette, they are purported to have been classmates in France. This is the only known portrait of Nones and is included in PORTRAITS OF JEWS BY GILBERT STUART AND OTHER EARLY AMERICAN ARTISTS by Hannah Ruth London, published in 1927. Nones, Benjamin (9 March 1757 - 9 February 1826), prominent Jewish American in late 18th and early 19th century America, was born Abraham Benjamin Nones in Bordeaux, France, the son of Abraham Benjamin Nones and Rachel Nones. In a letter written to President Thomas Jefferson, Nones describes his migration from France to the United States thusly, "When the hostile armies of Great Britain invaded the United States to lay waste the fair rights of Freemen, I abandoned the place of my Nativity and arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in the Year 1776 and in the presence of the Legislature of that State took the Oath of Allegiance to that State and to the United States." Once in Charleston, Nones volunteered to the Militia of South Carolina under the Orders of General Benjamin Lincoln. Nones volunteered with the highly regarded cavalry legion founded and led by Count Casimir Pulaski upon their 1779 arrival in Charleston. While fighting with the Pulaski Legion, Nones engaged in guerrilla warfare throughout the Carolinas and was involved in the Battle of Savannah. A testimonial signed by Captain Verdier, of Pulaski's staff, dated Charleston, 15 December 1779, outlines the bravery and courage shown by Nones throughout the southern campaign and at the siege of Savannah. He was commissioned major and served on the staffs of Washington, Lafayette, and De Kalb. He was captured and taken as a prisoner of war by the British at the Battle of Charleston in early 1780. He remained prisoner until the surrender of Lord Cornwallis on October 19, 1781 when he was released through prisoner exchange. Nones moved to Philadelphia and was included on a 1781 listing of the members of the Sublime Lodge of Perfection. After establishing himself with the Jewish community of Philadelphia, he married Miriam Marks on May 2, 1782. Over the course of their marriage, the Nones had a total of thirteen children, of which nine survived. He earned a meager living as a dry goods merchant, Notary Public, and sworn Interpreter of Foreign Languages for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. With his earnings, Nones owned a home in the city, along with a tract of land called Bayonne, in Westmorland Country, Pennsylvania. Nones was an active member of Philadelphia's Mikveh Israel Congregation, serving as Parnas of Mikveh Israel for 13 years over four different terms. He also served as an officer of the Society of Ezrath Orchim, the first organized Jewish charity in Philadelphia and as an active member of an anti-slavery society. In fact, Nones was among the first to manumit slaves in Pennsylvania. Not all Philadelphians were advocates and friends of Benjamin Nones. On 5 August 1800, The Gazette of the United States in Philadelphia published a letter by an anonymous author detailing a Republican convention in the city that was attended by "the refuse and filth of society," particularly "Citizen N" - "a Jew, a Republican, and poor." Most terrible offenses for a Federalist to lob in the early republic. This insult led to a letter penned by Nones, addressing the accusations and accepting ownership and exhibiting pride that he is a Jew, a Republican, and, certainly, poor. His letter eloquently outlines the support of religious freedoms by Republicans, the basis of Judaism for Christianity and Islam, and his personal morality in the resolving of prior debts following bankruptcy. He hoped to have his letter printed in the Gazette, but even after offering payment for publication, the newspaper refused and Nones contacted the city's Jeffersonian newspaper, Philadelphia Aurora. Benjamin Nones advocated for many - his family, slaves, fellow Jews, and himself. He sought an appointment from Thomas Jefferson, but received none. He continued the remainder of his years working as a notary and an interpreter, while remaining active in the Jewish community. His sons went on to their own achievements, one serving as Private Secretary of Henry Clay among other positions, another serving as the United States' Consul-General to Portugal, a third as US Consul-General to Maracaibo, and the fourth and fifth distinguished in the navy. They all laid their father to rest in his beloved adopted city of Philadelphia, in the Mikveh Israel Cemetery. Bibliography Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Volume: 97; SAR Membership Number: 19257 Friedman, Saul S. Jews and the American Slave Trade. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers. 1998. Johnson, E. Polk. A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians. Volume II. Chicago/New York: 1912. Marcus, Jacob Rader. United States Jewry, 1776-1985. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1989. Nones, Benjamin. Letter to Thomas Jefferson. 18 Mar. 1801. Founders Online. National Archives, n.d. Web. Peters, Madison Clinton. The Jews Who Stood by Washington: An Unwritten Chapter in American History. New York: The Trow Press. 1915. By descent through the Nones family

Condition Report

A conservation report is available.

Payment & Shipping

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Auction Details

Fine & Decorative Arts

by
Leland Little Auctions
September 13, 2014, 09:00 AM EST

620 Cornerstone Court, Hillsborough, NC, 27278, US

Terms

Buyer's Premium

21.0%

Bidding Increments

From:To:Increment:
$0$499$25
$500$999$50
$1,000$2,999$100
$3,000$4,999$200
$5,000$9,999$500
$10,000$29,999$1,000
$30,000$49,999$2,000
$50,000+$5,000

Conditions of Sale

TERMS
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BIDDING INCREMENTS
(Lower Level - Upper Level: Bid Increment)
$0 - $500 : $25
$500 - $1,000 : $50
$1,000 - $3,000 : $100
$3,000 - $5,000 : $200
$5,000 - $10,000 : $500
$10,000 - $30,000 : $1,000
$30,000 - $50,000 : $2,000
$50,000 and up : Auctioneer's Discretion

Shipping Terms

SHIPPING
Leland Little Auctions is pleased to assist you with the shipment of your successful auction purchases. Jewelry, silver, wine and most art can be shipped in-house. Items are shipped with their declared value and full insurance per the carrier's terms and conditions. A signature is required upon delivery. Please contact our Shipping Coordinator for assistance with your items.

Smaller items, other than the aforementioned exceptions, are evaluated for in-house shipping on a case-by-case basis. Please bear in mind that the Leland Little Auctions Shipping Department is small in scale. We will respond to your request in the order in which it was received. Depending on the size of the auction and complexity of your request, shipping may take several weeks from the time of initial contact. When time allows, our Shipping Coordinator can help facilitate up to three quotes from third party shippers for large items and any art that cannot be handled in-house. Shipping quotes are valid for 15 days.

For all shipments leaving our in-house shipping department, any and all additional charges, including but not limited to customs charges, are the sole responsibility of the winning bidder. By shipping in-house you are giving Leland Little Auctions permission to charge your provided credit card for said charges.

Please be advised that Leland Little Auctions does not automatically ship items. The winning bidder must either contact our Shipping Coordinator for assistance or submit a completed Leland Little Auctions Authorized Shipping Release Form indicating a chosen shipper. No lots will be released to an outside shipper without this form.

Leland Little Auctions works with a number of local and international shippers as well as delivery companies; however, Leland Little Auctions does not recommend one service over another. Buyers are expected to use good judgment and ask shippers questions about packing methods and insurance, customs charges etc. before selecting a shipper and paying for services. All packing, handling, shipping and delivery services are performed at the sole risk of the buyer. Leland Little Auctions assumes no legal or financial responsibility and is free from all liability associated with fulfilling your shipping request.