Works of Jewish artists of Romania are auctioned off on Thursday in an event styled Judaica, the Artmark House informed Agerpres. This is the second edition of the auction dedicated to Jewish art, culture and tradition; it features collectibles telling stories of a community to revive the public interest in the multicultural component of the Romanian world. The auctioned lots include prayer books, specific Jewish items like mezuzahs and yadim, photographs and works of Jewish artists Nicolae Vermont, Reuven Rubin, Samuel Mutzner, Marcel Iancu, Jules Perahim, Iosif Iser and Tia Peltz. Top of the list is Samuel Mutzner’s Gardener of Beaucaire, estimated at EUR 5,000 – 10,000; the artist painted it in 1910, one year after his Giverny period (1906-1909) when he worked close to Claude Monet. Other outstanding items are Iosif Iser’s Tatar Women (estimate value EUR 4,000 – 6,000), Brothers by Cornel Barsan ( EUR 2,000 – 3,500), The Hunt of Fantastic Animals by Jules Perahim (EUR 2,000 – 3,500), Tahitian Women by Marcel Iancu ( EUR 200 – 300), and Fisher Family by Reuven Rubin ( EUR 250 – 350). The section dedicated to symbolic items, bringing a strong emotional note, are the silver mezuzah support decorated with the Jewish letter Shin (starting price - EUR 80); the 1860 silver yad decorated with a lion head (starting price - EUR 200); the inter-war period silver menorah decorated with the Tables of the Law (starting price – EUR 24,000); the 1873 Jewish silver wedding ring (starting price – EUR 150); and the 1861 silver filigree ornament shaped as a locomotive decorated with the Star of David (starting price – EUR 150).
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