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Judaica Cups & Plates

Judaica, or Jewish ceremonial art, has been a key feature of Judaism for millenia. Judaica glorify God and serve important religious functions for their owners. They appear in various forms and are used during daily prayer and ritual, as well as during special religious occasions.

Judaica cups and plates are frequently used during Kiddush ceremonies to consecrate the Shabbat and Jewish holidays. Kiddush, which means "sanctification," involves a blessing recited over the wine or grape juice held within the Kiddush cup. This act not only reminds practicing Jews of their faith in God and His ten commandments, but also strengthens their religious commitment through the repetition of the ritual. Kiddush cups are often made of engraved silver, although variants made of other metals, glass, and plastic are also used. Many cups are kept atop saucers or accompanied by small plates intended to hold challah bread, cake, or crackers.

Judaica cups and plates are living works of art used often by practicing Jews. However, collectors of Judaica also admire them for their superb craftsmanship and striking variety. Today, a wide range of Jewish ceremonial art is available at auction.


Quick Facts

  • On April 29, 2013, Sotheby’s New York sold a German silver-gilt large Kiddush cup for $68,750
  • On December 4, 2014, Sotheby’s New York sold a set of seven Israeli silver Kiddush cups for $43,750
  • Hand-washing cups, or "netilat yediam," are another type of Judaica cup used during purification rituals

Recommended Items at Auction

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Dudik Swed for UJA Silver Kiddush Cup & Tower
Apr 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Dudik Swed for UJA Silver Kiddush Cup & Tower
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $800- $1,200
$1,1006 Bids
(10 Pc) Antique Sterling and 800 Silver Kiddush Cups
Mar 12, 12:00 PM EDT
(10 Pc) Antique Sterling and 800 Silver Kiddush Cups
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $100- $1,000
$6004 Bids
AN EARLY ISRAELI SILVER KIDDUSH CUP
Mar 07, 4:00 PM IST
AN EARLY ISRAELI SILVER KIDDUSH CUP
by The Bidder
Est: $60- $80
$301 Bid
Judaica Bezalel Style Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup
Mar 10, 10:00 AM EST
Judaica Bezalel Style Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
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Antique Judaica Silver Kiddush Cup
Mar 14, 2:00 PM EDT
Antique Judaica Silver Kiddush Cup
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $250- $800
$201 Bid
MID CENT JUDAICA STERLING SILVER PIERCED KIDDUSH CUP
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
MID CENT JUDAICA STERLING SILVER PIERCED KIDDUSH CUP
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
(4 pc) Judaica Sterling Silver Kiddush Cups
Mar 12, 12:00 PM EDT
(4 pc) Judaica Sterling Silver Kiddush Cups
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid
AN EARLY ISRAELI SILVER KIDDUSH GOBLET
Mar 07, 4:00 PM IST
AN EARLY ISRAELI SILVER KIDDUSH GOBLET
by The Bidder
Est: $60- $80
$301 Bid
Israeli Silver Kiddush Cup & Underplate
Apr 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Israeli Silver Kiddush Cup & Underplate
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Yaacov Agam- Kiddush Cup
Mar 07, 10:00 AM PST
Yaacov Agam- Kiddush Cup
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$5000 Bids
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Pewter Passover Judaica Dish
Mar 14, 2:00 PM EDT
Pewter Passover Judaica Dish
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
$200 Bids
925 SILVER KIDDUSH CUP AND MATCHING SAUCER
Mar 07, 4:00 PM IST
925 SILVER KIDDUSH CUP AND MATCHING SAUCER
by The Bidder
Est: $60- $80
$400 Bids
925 STERLING SILVER KIDDUSH GOBLET
Mar 07, 4:00 PM IST
925 STERLING SILVER KIDDUSH GOBLET
by The Bidder
Est: $100- $120
$100 Bids
Yaacov Agam- Kiddush Cup and Bible Set
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
Yaacov Agam- Kiddush Cup and Bible Set
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $3,216- $4,020
$1,3000 Bids
Bier Gold-Washed Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup
Apr 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Bier Gold-Washed Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Austro-Hungarian Embossed Silver Tzedakah
Apr 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Austro-Hungarian Embossed Silver Tzedakah
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Judaica Persian Silver Kiddish Cup and Underplate
Mar 10, 10:00 AM EST
Judaica Persian Silver Kiddish Cup and Underplate
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
(2 Pc) Christofle Kiddush Cup and Underplate
Mar 12, 12:00 PM EDT
(2 Pc) Christofle Kiddush Cup and Underplate
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
A Kiddush fountain with ten cups. 
Mar 20, 10:00 AM GMT
A Kiddush fountain with ten cups. 
by Roseberys
Est: £300- £500
£2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Judaica Cups & Plates


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