BEZALEL ‘HERZL’ RUG Palestine, early 20th century.

AUCTION 7 | Tuesday, June 22nd, 1999 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art The Property of Various Owners

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Lot 191

BEZALEL ‘HERZL’ RUG Palestine, early 20th century.

The central panel of this machine pile weave chenille rug depicts Theodor Herzl leaning on a balcony overlooking a stream of pilgrims approaching the Old City of Jerusalem, at sunrise. The border includes foliate patterns and a Star of David, all in red, blue, browns. 1273x 640mm (without fringe)

Est: $1,000 - $1,500
Immortal image, first derived from a photograph taken by E. M. Lilien in Basel during the First Zionist Congress in Basle in 1897. After appearing as an engraving by Hermann Struck it came to be reproduced in every conceivable medium over the past century. See: A. Felton, Jewish Carpets: A History and Guide (1997) p. 73; Yeshiva University Museum Catalogue, Theodor Herzl (1998) no.150