Auction No. 098

Holy books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical & Admors letters, Americana & Judiaca

March 27, 2017
Opening $ 3,500
Estimate $ 5,000 - $ 7,000

An early illustrated Ketubah on parchment. Italy, 17th century.

Specifications: [1] large sheet of parchment. 61x75 cm. Red and black ink. 

Unique Features: llustrated Italian Ketubahs from the 17th century are rare. 

Content: A Ketubah on the marriage of the bridegroom Shlomo son of Yosef Chai Mikali; with the bride Rachel daughter of the exalted old man Yisrael Franko. The upper part of the parchment is cut in a decorative manner, with a Star of David drawn inside it. There is an artistic border in red ink around the Ketubah incorporating verses of blessing for the bride and bridegroom. The first words of the Ketubah were written in large letters in red ink. The 'tenaim' were written on the bottom of the Ketubah, in Italian style scribal writing.

Condition: Fine. A tear in the body of the Ketubah, professionally restored (does not appear to have damaged the text). A few creases and folds. Aging stains. The ink in several places is faded.  

Marriage contracts