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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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Russian Plique-a-Jour Judaica Vodka Cup,
Jun 01, 10:30 AM AEST
Russian Plique-a-Jour Judaica Vodka Cup,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD400- AUD800
AUD3251 Bid
RUSSIAN 84 SILVER JUDAICA KIDDISH CUP AND SAUCER
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN 84 SILVER JUDAICA KIDDISH CUP AND SAUCER
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
German 812 Silver Footed Kiddish Cup, Applied Cupid, 19th Century
Jun 02, 10:00 AM PDT
German 812 Silver Footed Kiddish Cup, Applied Cupid, 19th Century
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $400- $500
$3000 Bids
KIDDUSH
May 28, 2:00 PM CEST
KIDDUSH
by Campo & Campo
Est: €200- €400
€1600 Bids
Pair of Sterling Kiddush Cups
May 28, 6:00 PM EDT
Pair of Sterling Kiddush Cups
by Orion Antiques
Est: $50- $150
$200 Bids
Yaacov Agam- Kiddush Cup
May 28, 10:00 AM PDT
Yaacov Agam- Kiddush Cup
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$5000 Bids
Yaacov Agam- Kiddush Cup
May 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Yaacov Agam- Kiddush Cup
by Block Auction House
Est: $500- $1,500
$2500 Bids
A Small Vintage Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup - Chester Hallmarks. 41.7g. 11cm tall.
May 27, 10:00 AM BST
A Small Vintage Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup - Chester Hallmarks. 41.7g. 11cm tall.
by Cadmore Auctions
Est: £35- £50
£350 Bids
925 SILVER KIDDUSH GOBLET AND CUP MADE BY "MASORET"
May 30, 5:00 PM IDT
925 SILVER KIDDUSH GOBLET AND CUP MADE BY "MASORET"
by The Bidder
Est: $150- $180
$1000 Bids
925 STERLING SILVER KIDDUSH GOBLET MADE BY "MASORET"
May 30, 5:00 PM IDT
925 STERLING SILVER KIDDUSH GOBLET MADE BY "MASORET"
by The Bidder
Est: $150- $180
$800 Bids
SILVER KIDDUSH GOBLET AND MATCHING SAUCER MADE BY THE HAZORFIM
May 30, 5:00 PM IDT
SILVER KIDDUSH GOBLET AND MATCHING SAUCER MADE BY THE HAZORFIM
by The Bidder
Est: $80- $100
$300 Bids
A FANCY 925 SILVER KIDDUSH GOBLET MADE BY HAZORFIM
May 30, 5:00 PM IDT
A FANCY 925 SILVER KIDDUSH GOBLET MADE BY HAZORFIM
by The Bidder
Est: $150- $180
$800 Bids
OLD ISRAELI SILVER 'JERUSALEM' KIDDUSH GOBLET
May 30, 5:00 PM IDT
OLD ISRAELI SILVER 'JERUSALEM' KIDDUSH GOBLET
by The Bidder
Est: $80- $100
$300 Bids
925 SILVER CUP OF THE RIVERS (COS YESHUʻOT) HEAVEN CAPABLE OF HEALING
May 30, 5:00 PM IDT
925 SILVER CUP OF THE RIVERS (COS YESHUʻOT) HEAVEN CAPABLE OF HEALING
by The Bidder
Est: $100- $120
$500 Bids
ANTIQUE LARGE-SIZED KIDDUSH CUP
May 30, 5:00 PM IDT
ANTIQUE LARGE-SIZED KIDDUSH CUP
by The Bidder
Est: $1,500- $1,800
$8000 Bids
LAND OF ISRAEL 84P SILVER KIDDUSH CUP AND TWO MATCHING SAUCERS
May 30, 5:00 PM IDT
LAND OF ISRAEL 84P SILVER KIDDUSH CUP AND TWO MATCHING SAUCERS
by The Bidder
Est: $80- $100
$300 Bids
ANTIQUE GERMAN SILVER KIDDUSH CUP
May 30, 5:00 PM IDT
ANTIQUE GERMAN SILVER KIDDUSH CUP
by The Bidder
Est: $80- $100
$300 Bids
VINTAGE SILVER KIDDUSH CUP AND SAUCER
May 30, 5:00 PM IDT
VINTAGE SILVER KIDDUSH CUP AND SAUCER
by The Bidder
Est: $80- $100
$300 Bids
LOT OF 2 "BAR MITZVAH" SILVER KIDDUSH GOBLETS
May 30, 5:00 PM IDT
LOT OF 2 "BAR MITZVAH" SILVER KIDDUSH GOBLETS
by The Bidder
Est: $80- $100
$300 Bids
LOT OF 2 HIGH-QUALITY VINTAGE SILVER KIDDUSH CUPS MADE BY "HAZORFIM"
May 30, 5:00 PM IDT
LOT OF 2 HIGH-QUALITY VINTAGE SILVER KIDDUSH CUPS MADE BY "HAZORFIM"
by The Bidder
Est: $100- $120
$500 Bids
SET OF 5 SMALL 835 SILVER KIDDUSH GOBLETS AND MATCHING SAUCER
May 30, 5:00 PM IDT
SET OF 5 SMALL 835 SILVER KIDDUSH GOBLETS AND MATCHING SAUCER
by The Bidder
Est: $150- $180
$600 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Judaica Cups & Plates


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