Judaica includes fine art, decorative objects, and historical artifacts of the Jewish culture or religion from early history through the modern day.
Judaica can be broadly described as the material culture of the Jewish people. Any art, object of ceremonial or domestic use that refers to Jews or the Jewish religion is included. Judaica also comprises historical artifacts relating to important events, personalities or literature. Objects such as kiddush cups, Hanukkah menorahs, Passover Seder plates and Wimpels are joined by Purim carnival tickets, antique maps of the Holy Land, matchboxes from Kosher delis, and works by Israeli artists.
Antique Judaica is unique in that items take on the characteristics of communities worldwide. Age, condition, rarity and the intrinsic value of the material, as well as the historic and artistic importance, help determine the value.
Kerry Shrives, director of Fine Judaica, brought Skinner the distinction of being one of the only major auction houses with this specialty when she established the department. In 2009, Skinner offered the Solomon collection of fine Judaica at auction. The items in and of themselves were special, and the provenance accompanying the silver pushed auction interest to staggering levels.
Kerry approaches single pieces or collections of fine Judaica with a respect for the material and an eye for authentic pieces in excellent condition with detailed provenance. Learn more about consigning to a Skinner auction.