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Auction 73: June 22nd, 2017

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Lot: 301 (MEGILATH ESTHER). Scroll of Esther accomplished in black ink on vellum. Composed in 17 columns on 4 membranes. Initial column containing a panel for the blessings chanted prior to the reading. The text set within elaborately engraved historiated borders depicting the characters and scenes that populate the Purim narrative. Height: 6.5 inches. Inscription along margin of final membrane: “This belongs to Naphtali Henry Hart given to him by his father D. Hart, Dece(mber?)…” With scattered manuscript notes. Set on wooden roller and thumb-tab. Stained and faded in places, trimmed first membrane detached.

Dutch: 18th-century. Est: $7,000 - $10,000

-Naphtali Henry Hart (1800-32) was born in Charleston, South Carolina to Daniel and Bella (Levy) Hart. The senior Hart helped rebuild the city’s war-stricken economy by reviving the city’s Chamber of Commerce; he was also a major financial contributor to Charleston’s historic synagogue, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elo-him.
     Hart family members married into such Sephardic dynasties as Seixas, Lopez and Lazarus.
     Provenance: The late Rabbi Dr. David De Sola Pool.

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