Auction 93 Part 1 - Manuscripts, Prints and Engravings, Objects and Facsimiles, from the Gross Family Collection, and Private Collections

Portrait of R. Shlomo Zalman Lipschitz Rabbi of Warsaw Sitting in the Sukkah, 1839

Opening: $1,000
Sold for: $4,000
Including buyer's premium

Portrait of R. Shlomo Zalman (Lipschitz). Lithograph by an unknown artist. [Warsaw?, 1839].
Rabbi Lipschitz is depicted dressed in festive clothing, sitting in an elaborately decorated sukkah, with various sukkah posters featured within a large fish–shaped frame, representing the Leviathan. The rabbi's attendant is seen standing beside him, holding the Four Species. Beneath the portrait, there is a poem in honor of the rabbi (forming the acrostic: "Shlomo Zalman"), followed by the Hebrew caption "Light of the Diaspora, R. Shlomo Zalman, rabbi of Warsaw, passed away on Tuesday, 11th Nissan 1839 at the age of 75". Polish caption: Salomon Lipszyc. Rabin z miasta Warszawy.
R. Shlomo Zalman Lipschitz (1765–1839), born in Posen. First rabbi of Warsaw, author of Responsa Chemdat Shlomo on the four parts of Shulchan Aruch.

Approx. 36.5X25 cm. Fair–good condition. Folding marks and creases. Tears, professionally restored. Stains. Margins trimmed.


Portraits of similar design are documented in Magdalena Czubińska's article on rabbinic portraits in the National Museum of Kraków, yet this portrait is not featured there.
See:
• In Eternal Memory Shall He Remain Righteous. Formed From the Dust of The Ground, More Splendid Than a Jewel. Lithographic Portraits of Rabbis in the Collection of the National Museum in Kraków; Printed in: Scripta Judaica Cracoviensia, Kraków, Vol. 11, (2013): 107–133.
• Great Jewish Treasures, by Moshe Bamberger. New York, 2015, p. 190–191.
Approx. 36.5X25 cm. Fair–good condition. Folding marks and creases. Tears, professionally restored. Stains. Margins trimmed.


Provenance: The Gross Family Collection, Tel Aviv, 038.011.037.

Category
Calendars, Braodsides and Posters – Graphics and Prints