Auction 127 "A matter of identity" -Ethnic jewelry and garb 1820-1920. Most of them are from the Ruthi Ofer collection (Yuli Ofer widow)
Jul 25, 2021
Ibn Gabirol St 71, Tel Aviv-Yafo, floor -2, row 15 (in the paring) Israel

The catalog in front of us includes very important ethnic items, Islamic and Jewish. A very important collection of Palestinian adornments, as well as many Ottoman and Turkmen items.


The items have been carefully selected and come from dozens of collections from all over Israel. Among them is a collection of Ruthi Ofer that was left to her about 20 years ago by her late husband, Yuli Ofer. The collection was displayed at her home until recently. Her collection consists of Islamic and Jewish jewelry with a clear emphasis on Yemenite goldsmithing and Bukhara crafts.


There are many incredibly rare items that do not often come up for auction. The items in the catalog can be used as jewelry and ornaments for women or men. Some are better suited for display as part of private or commercial design, and others will go to public or private museums around the world. Many of the items are in museum quality, with similar items on display in leading museums around the world, such as the Metropolitan Museum in the United States, the Museum of Oriental Art in Moscow, the Islamic Museum in Jerusalem, the Israel Museum, and the Beit Hatfutsot Museum.

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LOT 47:

A gilt silver chest ornament - Turkestan 1900

Sold for: $200
Start price:
$ 100
Estimated price:
$200 - $300
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A gilt silver chest ornament - Turkestan 1900
At the top of the jewel a short necklace composed of 4 gilt silver links decorated with hammer work and inset with coloured stones connected with a short silver necklace. The jewel has 2 plaques made of gilt silver inlaid with 3 coloured cabochons each. Between the plaques are 2 rows of 3 round gilt silver links hammered and inset with coloured stones. Following the lower plaque, a row of 3 round gilt silver links hammered and inset with coloured stones followed by a row of 3 gilt silver hammered links. the two on the sides in cordiform inset with a blue stone and the one in the centre in triangle shape followed by 3 flower-shaped gilt silver links inset with coloured stones followed by  3 round gilt silver hammered links.
Cut, soldered, gilded, seal work
Weight: 205 grams
Size: 50*9 cm