Online Auction 42 - Chabad

Special Chabad Auction in Honor of Chag HaGeulah Yud-Tes Kislev – Rosh Hashana of Chassidut - Marking the Date in which Rebbe Shneur Zalman of Liadi was Released from Czarist Imprisonment

Lot 1

Silver Kiddush Cup of the Tzemach Tzedek of Lubavitch

Opening: $5,000
Sold for: $30,000
Including buyer's premium
Kiddush cup of Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneersohn – the Tzemach Tzedek of Lubavitch.
Silver, marked: Moscow – 1853; maker's mark: СГ [SG].
Letter of authenticity enclosed (handwritten note, in English), signed in Hebrew by Rebbetzin Chanah Gurary (1899-1991), eldest daughter of Rebbe Rayatz: "I hereby gift… the kos used by the Tzemach Tzedek in the final years of His life. My grandmother [wife of the Rashab] gave it to me as a gift during the Sheva Brochos week when I got married". Dated – 26th November 1989. A wooden box which may have also been used by the rebbe or his family is enclosed (the box was given together with the kiddush cup, though it is not mentioned in the letter).
The Tzemach Tzedek discusses the kabbalistic concepts alluded to by a silver cup in several of his discourses: "The silver cup… is a receptacle for receiving salvations…" (See "Sefer HaLikitutim Dach Tzemach Tzedek", vol. 10, section 20, page 610 onwards).
Approx. 6X6 cm. Good condition. Minor bends.