Published: December 11, 2012
A rare and important Eighteenth Century, Polish parcel-gilt silver filigree spice container was the star lot at Kestenbaum & Company’s Judaica auction from the collection of the Jewish Historical Society of England on December 6.
After much interest and intense bidding, the spice tower soared over its $150/200,000 estimate to attain $337,900, setting a world record for the highest price paid at auction for a spice container. The spice tower, replete with intricate motifs and fine cast military figures, garnered intense attention prior to the sale due to its imposing size, beauty and fine condition.
David Jacobs, chairman of the JHSE, declared from London after the auction, “The Jewish Historical Society of England is thrilled at the outcome of the auction and the amazing prices obtained by Kestenbaum & Company for these wonderful ritual objects. The substantial monies obtained will enable the society to create many and varied opportunities for the development and understanding of Anglo-Jewish History.”
A complete report on the sale will appear in a future edition.
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