Auction 046 Special Chabad Auction in Honor of 11th Nisan - Birthday of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, and in Honor of Pesach

Lot 1

Elegant Teapot for Pesach of the Tzemach Tzedek – Purchased by His Son Rebbe Maharash

Opening: $3,000
Sold for: $7,500
Including buyer's premium

Teapot used during Pesach by Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, the Tzemach Tzedek of Lubavitch. The teapot was purchased for him by his son, Rabbi Shmuel, the Rebbe Maharash of Lubavitch.

Silver plated; maker's mark: Thomas Bradbury & Sons, Sheffield, England, 1858. Adorned with vegetal ornamental patterns. Footed, with wide base.

Letter of authenticity enclosed (handwritten note, in English), signed in Hebrew by Rebbetzin Chana Gurary (1899-1991), eldest daughter of Rebbe Rayatz: "I hereby gift... the silver plate hot water kettle of the Tzemach Tzedek for Pessach. It was made in Sheffield England. My great-grandfather the Maharash bought it for him during one of his trips abroad". Dated – 10th December 1989.

Rebbe Maharash's Travels

Rebbe Maharash's involvement in communal work already began during the lifetime of his father, the Tzemach Tzedek. He would regularly travel to Kyiv and St. Petersburg to lobby on behalf of Russian Jewry, in an effort to annul various decrees imposed on them. He made his first trip abroad in 1858, visiting Italy and Germany and meeting with communal leaders and activists; he made similar trips during the years 1859 and 1862. Even after the passing of his father the Tzemach Tzedek, and his appointment as the Lubavitcher Rabbe in 1866, the Rebbe Maharash continued his communal involvement and traveled across Europe for this purpose. Between 1868 and 1880 he frequently traveled within Russia and abroad, visiting various health spas and physicians, and engaging in communal matters. Based on the enclosed letter, Rebbe Maharash purchased the present Teapot on one of his early trips abroad and gave it as a gift to his father the Tzemach Tzedek.

Maximum size: approx. 18X25 cm. Good condition.

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