Auction 86 - Part I - Rare & Important Items

Portrait of R. Shimon Sofer Rabbi of Kraków, Son of the Chatam Sofer – Oil Painting

Opening: $1,500
Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000
Sold for: $4,000
Including buyer's premium
Portrait of R. Shimon Sofer Rabbi of Kraków, author of Michtav Sofer, son of the Chatam Sofer. Oil on canvas.
Painted after a photograph of R. Shimon Sofer which was presumably distributed shortly after his passing (see examples in the Abraham Schwadron Portrait Collection, NLI).
R. Shimon Sofer of Kraków (1820-1883), son and disciple of the Chatam Sofer and a leader of his generation, was an outstanding Torah scholar, holy and pure from youth. His father regarded his intellect and ideas to be untainted, and would rely on his reasoning from a young age. He also dealt in Kabbalah, following his father's counsel. He served as rabbi of Mattersdorf, and in 1861, was appointed rabbi of Kraków. A leader of Orthodox Jewry in Galicia, he also served as a member of the Austrian Parliament. Authored Michtav Sofer – responsa, novellae and homilies.
Approx. 65X50 cm, in a fine wooden frame (86X72 cm). Fair condition. Blemishes and cracks to canvas. Minor abrasions. Old canvas repairs on verso. Breaks to frame.