Auction 87 Jewish and Israeli Art, History and Culture - Including: sketches by Ze'ev Raban and Bezalel items, hildren's books, avant-garde books, rare ladino periodicals, and more
By Kedem
Jul 19, 2022
8 Ramban St, Jerusalem., Israel

The present catalogue includes an extensive chapter dedicated to Bezalel artists, including illustrated books, various objects, drawing and paintings. This chapter features numerous original sketches for works by Ze'ev Raban - Raban's sketchbook (lot 318), sketches for illustrations to the Song of Songs (lot 320), sketches of the signs of the Zodiac (lot 327), a large collection of photographs of works by Raban and Meir Gur Aryeh (lot 344), and many other unique items from the estate of Shlomo Kedmi, who succeeded Raban and Gur Aryeh in the Industrial Art Studio.

The chapter dedicated to Hebrew children's books features charming works by prominent writers and illustrators: stories by Benzion Raskin illustrated by Uriel Kahana, Chaim Hanft and Haim Goldberg; poems by Itzhak Katzenelson illustrated by Gertrud Caspari; rhymes by Ya'akov David Kamson illustrated by Else Wenz-Viëtor; children's book published by "Omanut", with color lithograph illustrations by "Chavurat Tsayarim" (Apter, Mutzelmacher, Kravtsov and Higer); pop-up books illustrated by David Gilboa; and other rare books.

The avant-garde chapter features Yiiddish, Hebrew and Russian books, with illustrations and cover-designs by important Russian avant-garde artists such as El Lissitzky, Joseph Chaikov, Issachar Ber Ryback, Mark Epstein and Nathan Altman.

The catalogue further features a variety of choice items representing the history of Palestine and Zionism, bibliophile works, letters, travelogues and maps of Palestine, photographs, postcards, rare Ladino periodicals, works by Safed-based artist Yosef Zvi Geiger, bibliophile works, a chapter dedicated to numismatics, and many more items.

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LOT 14:

Ivan Sors – Drawings and Prints – Portrait Series of Zionist Leaders (Herzl, Nordau, Weizmann), Portrait Signed by ...

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Ivan Sors – Drawings and Prints – Portrait Series of Zionist Leaders (Herzl, Nordau, Weizmann), Portrait Signed by British Prime Minister Clement Attlee, and More – Europe and the USA, First Half of 20th Century

Large collection of drawings by painter, designer and medalist Ivan Sors, prints after his works, photographs and more. [Europe and the USA, first half of 20th century].
The collection includes:
• 47 portrait drawings of Zionist and Jewish leaders, intellectuals and other persons of note – Theodore Herzl, Haim Weizmann, Berl Katznelson, A.D. Gordon, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Max Nordau, Henrietta Szold, Albert Einstein and others. 32 portraits on paper (mixed media; some signed) and 15 on tracing paper (presumably final versions for print). Some subjects are depicted twice, on both types of paper.
• Several prints after these portraits (each print comprises several small portraits, arranged around a map of the Land of Israel or a seven-branch candelabrum; several portraits included in the prints do not have a hand-drawn counterpart in the present collection).
• 6 portrait drawings signed by the subjects, including one portrait of British Prime Minister Clement Attlee, who defeated Winston Churchill in the 1945 elections.
• Some 60 drawings and caricature (mostly ink and pencil), including Dwight D. Eisenhower in military uniform, several portraits of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, a caricature of Albert Einstein holding books, surrounded by mathematical symbols; and more.
• Photographs of the artist and his acquaintances, reproductions of his works and more.

Ivan Sors (1895-1950), painter, caricaturist and medalist, born in Reca, then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Immigrated to Prague as a young man and worked there as an illustrator for several magazines. Following the outbreak of WWII, he left Europe and in 1940 settled in the US, where he started working with a number of Jewish-American publications. His work includes portraits of thousands of public figures and persons of note in Europe and in the US, with a notable portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He is also famous for a series of portrait plaques featuring famous Jewish and Zionist persons, commissioned by collector Samuel Friedenberg.

Some 140 items. Size and condition vary.