J. Greenstein To Auction Rare Judaica Collectibles

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Damascene Seder plate
Damascene Seder plate
Women’s Sabbath cap
Women’s Sabbath cap
Large carpet by Bezalel
Large carpet by Bezalel
Silver Kiddush cup and spice container crafted by David Gumbel
Silver Kiddush cup and spice container crafted by David Gumbel
Isaac Holtz “Devoted to Study”
Isaac Holtz “Devoted to Study”
Silver-and-velvet Torah tik
Silver-and-velvet Torah tik

J. Greenstein and Co. has scheduled an auction representing antique Judaica from all three Jewish traditions—Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and Mizrachi—for Monday, December 12. Over 350 items will be auctioned at the company’s main auction house in Cedarhurst. Items range from Yemenite manuscripts from the 18th century to a collection of 10 prints made and signed by artist Jacob Steinhardt. The collection also includes a Persian Torah with its original casing, and a Sabbath headdress from Poland. The upcoming auction plans to encompass over 500 years of Jewish history, with authentic examples from each century.

Featured items include:

Damascene Seder Plate by the Bezalel School. Palestine, c. 1912. The outer rim engraved with the order of the Seder. The inner rim with applied silver geometrical designs. The center a seven-branch menorah with the Bezalel insignia in the center cartouche. 12″ wide.

Women’s Sabbath Cap. Poland, 19th century. Handwoven with silver thread. 9″ across.

Large Carpet by Bezalel. Jerusalem, c. 1915. Handwoven with depictions of stylized menorahs alternating with Magen Davids. Signed. 65.5″ × 38.5″. Starting bid: $2,500

Silver Kiddush Cup and Spice Container. Crafted by David Gumbel while he was still in Germany. Germany, c. 1930. The spice container in caster form. Hand hammered and ribbed (4.3″ tall). The cup also hand hammered in outwardly tapered form (4.6″ tall). Both marked with earliest Gumbel mark. Starting Bid: $6,500

Isaac Holtz Painting. (Poland, Israel, America. B. 1925) New York, 1979. Oil on canvas. “Devoted To Study.” Signed on front and back. 10″ × 20″. Starting bid: $22,000

Silver and Velvet Torah Tik with Original Torah. Persian, early 20th century. Decorated with applied silver plaques and original silver finials. 37″ tall. $4,500

J. Greenstein & Company, Inc., was founded in 2004 by antique-Judaica expert Jonathan Greenstein. For over 30 years, since the age of 14, Jonathan has been the “go-to guy” when it comes to authenticating antique Judaica. The gallery holds a number of Judaica auctions each year and has collectors, museums, and other institutions that purchase these ritual objects to build their collections of Jewish art. J. Greenstein & Company, Inc. Auction house is exceptionally well respected as experts in antique Judaica and Jewish art.

The auction on December 12 will include art from two different collections, including those of Dr. Bernard and Mrs. Ruth Shnur, and Elliot Zaleznik. The Shnur family made their home in Trenton, NJ, and later in Princeton, NJ; they were avid and knowledgeable collectors of Jewish ritual objects over many decades. Sharing their deep commitment to the field of Judaica, they maintained a wide network of others who shared their interest, including fellow collectors as well as professionals in the field. They were especially active in the Friedman Society of the Jewish Museum of New York, a leading venue in the world of Judaica.

Dr. Elliot Zaleznik started collecting Judaica in 1968. His interest was spurred by his friend Rabbi Bernie Kimmel who traveled the world and collected Judaica. His interest was in antique Judaica, where the history of these pieces intrigued him, as well as the modern where he was a well-known patron of the modern Jewish artists of his time. He will be remembered for his love of Judaism.

Jonathan Greenstein is the founder, president, and expert-in-charge at J. Greenstein and Company Inc. in Cedarhurst. Jonathan has been featured in numerous local and national TV and print media outlets. His auction house is famous for auctioning Sammy Davis Jr.’s personal menorah, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s piano, and Professor Alan Dershowitz’s Judaica collection. He is also a columnist in Hamodia, writes on art and culture for the Algemeiner Journal, and is a frequent guest on Fox Business News with Stuart Varney.

More information can be viewed at www.JGreenstein.com.

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