Tag Archives: Fine Judaica

How to Find the Perfect Passover Haggadah for your Seder

Each Passover, Jews around the world fulfill the commandment to retell the Israelites’ liberation from slavery in Egypt. In Hebrew, the word for this telling is Haggadah (plural: Haggadot), and the name of the ritual meal is Seder.

A Haggadah text supplies an outline of the order of the Seder along with poetry and songs. However, like much Jewish ceremonial art, each Haggadah may have its own distinct and fascinating characteristics. Jewish communities span the globe, and these different regions have developed their own interpretations of ceremonial art and texts over the past centuries.… Read More

Skinner Announces Strong Results from October Auction of Fine Judaica

BOSTON, MA – October 24, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. achieved exceptional results from its small but robust auction of Fine Judaica on October 3rd. The auction, featuring 178 lots, grossed a total of $660,439.70. Drawing buyers from around the world, this sale underscored Skinner as a leading auctioneer of Jewish ceremonial items, Torah ornaments, artwork, books and more.

Scarce works and material new to the marketplace were particularly well received, including an illustrated Seder Haggadah shel Pesach manuscript from the personal collection of Nahum Goldmann as well as works by American Jewish artist Ilya Schor, among others.… Read More

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

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.… Read More

Prove It: Why Provenance Matters for Antique Judaica

The vast majority of items that cross the auction block don’t have storied pasts. They were not owned by world-famous personalities; they belonged to individuals just like me and you.

In the antiques world, provenance indicates an attachment to a famous person or to a famous collection.  Almost without exception, auction buyers will pay more for something with good provenance if there is documentation to prove it.

Documentation is not just family lore: a fragment of paper in great aunt Mildred’s hand noting the story she heard when she received the item as a gift doesn’t count.… Read More