Tag Archives: judaica

An Endless Variety of Warmth & Light | Collecting Antique Hanukkah Lamps

A theme running through mid-winter celebrations across cultures is warmth and light, and the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah is no exception. Celebrated each year for eight nights and days beginning on the 25th day of Kislev, Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights.

Hanukkah commemorates the fight for religious freedom led by Judah Maccabee against the Seleucid Empire. After the Maccabean victory, when the Holy Temple in Jerusalem was rededicated,  it was found that there was scant little oil left to fuel the Eternal Lamp.… Read More

Skinner Offers A Unique Collection of Judaica from Congregation Mishkan Tefila Online December 7 through December 15

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner, Inc. is hosting an online auction of Judaica with bidding open from December 7 through December 15. Highlights from the auction will be on preview in Marlborough on December 13 & 14 or to view online, anytime.  

The auction features a unique collection of ceremonial and decorative objects, including Torah ornaments, Jewish art and books. The auction is highlighted by a selection from the museum collection of Congregation Mishkan Tefila, the oldest Conservative synagogue in New England at 158 years old, who recently moved to Coolidge Corner, the center of Jewish Boston.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