NEW YORK – The 9-candle menorah, or hanukkiah, is perhaps one of the most recognizable Jewish symbols. Dating back to 70 AD, menorahs come from all over the world in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, as evidenced by the property in the 15 December Important Judaica auction, many from the Estate of Shlomo Moussaieff, an avid menorah and candelabra collector. Just like the shamash – the helper candle that lights all the other candles – let us guide you through the festival of lights with 8 superb menorahs for the 8 nights of Hanukah. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
Leading the December sale of Israeli & International Art, Marc Chagall’s Juif à la Thora remained in his family’s collection for almost 30 years. This masterwork pays homage to Chagall’s Jewish heritage and celebrates the survival of the Jewish people against all odds. Painted in glowing oils, the composition is based on a 1947 drawing by the artist. Click ahead to view the painting up close and discover the meaning behind several striking details. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
Sotheby’s Israeli Art sale on December 4th, 2014, proudly featured 11 photographs sold to benefit the Shpilman Institute of Photograph in Tel Aviv. Included are iconic works by Ori Gersht, Adi Nes, Maya Zack and Ilit Azoulay, dealing with issues of memory, the land, fictitious spaces and the pain of finality. The SIP’s public research collection of photographs reflects the Institute’s profound interest in studying different realms of the photographic medium. The collection, numbering over 900 works, focused on historical images, contemporary Israeli and international photography.
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