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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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(2 Pc) Sterling Silver Footed Cups
Sep 27, 12:00 PM EDT
(2 Pc) Sterling Silver Footed Cups
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$1255 Bids
Kiddusch Becher / A silver Kiddush beaker, Osmanisches Reich / Ottoman, 19. Jh.
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Kiddusch Becher / A silver Kiddush beaker, Osmanisches Reich / Ottoman, 19. Jh.
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €220- €440
€2204 Bids
Israeli Sterling Silver Polished Stone Kiddush Cup
Sep 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Israeli Sterling Silver Polished Stone Kiddush Cup
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$304 Bids
Mexican Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup, H 4", Dia 2"
Oct 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Mexican Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup, H 4", Dia 2"
by DuMouchelles
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
A Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup by Ludwig Wolpert
Sep 28, 7:00 PM EEST
A Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup by Ludwig Wolpert
by Hammersite
Est: $500- $700
$2401 Bid
A Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup, Prob. England, Early 20th Century
Sep 28, 7:00 PM EEST
A Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup, Prob. England, Early 20th Century
by Hammersite
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Kiddush cup silver.
Oct 11, 10:00 AM CEST
Kiddush cup silver.
by Veilinghuis de Ruiter
Est: €55- €125
€550 Bids
Kiddush cup silver.
Oct 11, 10:00 AM CEST
Kiddush cup silver.
by Veilinghuis de Ruiter
Est: €80- €150
€800 Bids
JUDAICA 84 SILVER KIDDUSH WINE CUPS W. ENGRAVINGS
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
JUDAICA 84 SILVER KIDDUSH WINE CUPS W. ENGRAVINGS
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Yaacov Agam- Kiddush Cup
Sep 28, 10:00 AM PDT
Yaacov Agam- Kiddush Cup
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $1,330- $1,665
$5000 Bids
A SET OF SILVER AND SILVER-PLATED CUPS
Oct 16, 10:00 AM EDT
A SET OF SILVER AND SILVER-PLATED CUPS
by Shapiro Auctions LLC
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
LARGE RUSSIAN SILVER ENAMEL JUDAICA KIDDUSH CUP
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
LARGE RUSSIAN SILVER ENAMEL JUDAICA KIDDUSH CUP
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Sterling Judaica Figures, Kiddush Cups
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Judaica Figures, Kiddush Cups
by Kaminski Auctions
Est: $250- $350
$1250 Bids
Sterling Silver Jewish Judaica Kiddush Wine Cup
Oct 12, 12:00 PM EDT
Sterling Silver Jewish Judaica Kiddush Wine Cup
by MiddleManBrokers
Est: $1- $1,000
$10 Bids
Russian 84 Silver Kiddush Cup
Oct 10, 6:00 PM EDT
Russian 84 Silver Kiddush Cup
by Antiques & Art International
Est: $100- $150
$700 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Judaica Cups & Plates


Hammersite

Hammersite

Veilinghuis de Ruiter

Veilinghuis de Ruiter

DuMouchelles

DuMouchelles