Fine Judaica Auction Features Items from the Personal Collection of Nahum Goldmann

A collection of works by Ilya Schor will also be presented

BOSTON, Mass. – September 19, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of Fine Judaica on October 3rd in its Boston Gallery. The sale features property from the estate of Nahum Goldmann, artwork by Ilya Schor, silver ceremonial items, Torah ornaments, as well Jewish art and books.

Property from the Estate of Nahum Goldmann

Seder Haggadah shel Pesach, Pressburg, copied and illustrated by Aaron Wolf Herlingen, 1735, (Lot 14, Estimate $200,000-$300,000)

Skinner is pleased to offer items from the personal collection of Nahum Goldmann (1895-1982), one of the most prominent leaders of the Jewish people and the Zionist movement in the 20th century. The selection offered includes works from his library, notably an illustrated Seder Haggadah shel Pesach manuscript, Pressburg, 1735 by the scribe-artist Aaron Wolf Herlingen (lot 14, estimated between $200,000 and $300,000). Herlingen was one of the finest Jewish calligraphers working during the 18th century renaissance of Hebrew manuscripts. His earliest recorded manuscript is dated 1720 and his body of work includes only 40-50 known examples. Another important manuscript from Goldmann’s estate is a signed, Moses Mendelssohn manuscript letter from 1767 (lot 22, $3,000 to $5,000).

Works by Ilya Schor

A collection of works by artist Ilya Schor includes four silver jewelry items from the 1950s (lot 142, $300 to $500), twelve illustrations for The Sabbath by Abraham Heschel (lot 149, $800 to $1,200), and an untitled rare brass and copper rivet sculpture from the late 1950s (lot 148, $10,000 to $15,000). Schor is recognized as a master of 20th century American Jewish art and Judaica, translating and interpreting memories of the shtetl life of Eastern Europe in his works through media that range from painting and graphic arts to silver and metal sculpture.

Jewish Art & Spice Containers

A range of works by the Bezalel School of Arts & Crafts and mid-century Israeli artists with international reputations will be offered. Highlights include an early 20th century Bezalel brass framed ivory plaque by Boris Schatz (lot 139, $800 to $1,200), an iron Hanukkah lamp by David Palombo (lot 125, $250 to $350), and an Eva Samuel glazed ceramic Hanukkah lamp (lot 126, $300 to $500).

A large assortment of spice containers will be available, including a Polish silver and parcel-gilt spice container, formed as a neoclassical urn filled with flowers (lot 74, $2,000 to $3,000), and a Bezalel silver and silver filigree spice container (lot 128, $300 to $500).

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

Previews for the auction will be held on Wednesday October 2, 2013 by appointment only and open to the public on Thursday, October 3, 2013, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

An illustrated catalog for sale #2675B is available by mail from the subscription department at 508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery.

The Skinner website allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs, and bid live in real-time through SkinnerLive!. Visit and “like” Skinner on Facebook at

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts with an international audience of bidders participating in person, by phone, and online through the SkinnerLive! online bidding platform. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at, find us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter @Skinnerinc.



Kerry Shrives
Director, Fine Judaica

Kate de Bethune
Director of Marketing

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