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

Passover Seder Plate of the Rebbe Maharash of Lubavitch

Opening: $3,000
Sold for: $23,750
Including buyer's premium

Large Seder plate of Rebbe Shmuel Schneerson, the Rebbe Maharash of Lubavitch.

Large, oval silver-plated Seder plate, with engraved foliate and geometric designs. Openwork rim. With two stylized foliate handles. Made by Elkington & Co., Birmingham, 1873.

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 Seder tray of my great-grandfather the Maharash. He bought it during one of his trips abroad". Dated – 10th December 1989.

Chabad Rebbes and the Silver Seder Plate

Chabad Rebbes used to place their Matzot on a silver plate, while other members of their family placed theirs on a cloth: "In the house of the Rebbe, Matzot are arranged on a cloth, rather than a plate, except for the Rebbe, who arranges the Matzot on a silver plate" ("Haggadah Shel Pesach Im Likutei Taamim Uminhagim", p. 6; Hebrew).

Several days before Pesach 1950 (after the passing of his father-in-law the Rebbe Rayatz, and before his appointment as Rebbe), the Lubavitcher Rebbe had a young Chassid buy him a large Kiddush cup and a silver plate for the Seder night.

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 Seder plate on one of his trips abroad.

Maximum size: 46.5X75 cm. Good condition.

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