View full screen - View 1 of Lot 27. AN IMPORTANT PARCEL-GILT SILVER TORAH SHIELD ENGRAVED WITH A PLAN OF THE HOLY TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM, ATTRIBUTED TO ELIMELEKH TZOREF OF STANISLAV, CIRCA 1780.
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AN IMPORTANT PARCEL-GILT SILVER TORAH SHIELD ENGRAVED WITH A PLAN OF THE HOLY TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM, ATTRIBUTED TO ELIMELEKH TZOREF OF STANISLAV, CIRCA 1780

Estimate:

500,000

to
- 800,000 USD

AN IMPORTANT PARCEL-GILT SILVER TORAH SHIELD ENGRAVED WITH A PLAN OF THE HOLY TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM, ATTRIBUTED TO ELIMELEKH TZOREF OF STANISLAV, CIRCA 1780

AN IMPORTANT PARCEL-GILT SILVER TORAH SHIELD ENGRAVED WITH A PLAN OF THE HOLY TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM, ATTRIBUTED TO ELIMELEKH TZOREF OF STANISLAV, CIRCA 1780

Estimate:

500,000

to
- 800,000 USD

Lot sold:

685,500

USD

AN IMPORTANT PARCEL-GILT SILVER TORAH SHIELD ENGRAVED WITH A PLAN OF THE HOLY TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM, ATTRIBUTED TO ELIMELEKH TZOREF OF STANISLAV, CIRCA 1780


composed as follows:

the front with pierced gilt overlay of scrollwork inhabited by fantastic beasts with leafy tails, openwork chased columns decorated with fruit, topped by baskets of flowers and rising from plinths chased with facing lions, the base with a pair of birds flanking a spray of fruit and flowers, the center engraved and chased with the Tablets of the Law under an openwork crown, all surrounded by six plaquettes of a goat, ox, reclining deer, elephant and howdah, leopard, and bear, raised rim of running leaf tips

the back engraved with a highly detailed diagram of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem including labeled architectural and religious features, all surrounded by a frieze of worshippers in characteristic 18th century Jewish dress leading animals for sacrifice, engraved at the top with the Binding of Isaac, and applied with two lion masks holding the suspension chain

apparently unmarked

height 7 in.

18 cm

some lead solder behind lion masks for chain and pins missing behind; one pin missing near base, overlay with tiny rim split at one pin at upper left of front, repaired with lead, minor scratches to surface, otherwise good


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Reuben David Sassoon (1834-1905), to his great-niece and sister-in-law
Flora Gubbay, Mrs. Solomon David Sassoon (1856-1936), no. 49; to her son
David Solomon Sassoon (1880-1942), to his son
Rabbi Solomon David Sassoon of Letchworth (1915-1985), and by descent
Probably London, 1887: Anglo-Jewish Historical Exhibition, Royal Albert Hall, "The Sassoon Collection of Hebrew Ecclesiastical Art, exhibited by Reuben D. Sassoon Esq.", no. 2038 "Scroll of the Law... a silver-gilt breastplate, with the Decalogue crowned and two pillars and appliqué scrolls"; this description matches that used for the other two shields from the group.

London, 1906: Exhibition of Jewish Art and Antiquities, Whitechapel Art Gallery, November 7 to December 16, no. 131 or 137, lent by Mrs. S.D. Sassoon.