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Fine art and Judaica for sale

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A number of unique pieces of fine art and Judaica are available for sale at Quincy’s Temple Beth El, which is soon to close.

Among them is a Victorian-styled, silver-plated light fixture, called an eternal light, that was donated to the synagogue sometime between 1950 and 1960, said congregant Ed Gurwitch, who is in charge of the sale effort. It has been appraised at between $300 and $400.

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A red-and-green tiled mosaic depicting the 10 Commandments that was commissioned to Lexington artist David Holleman has been valued at between $500 and $600. Holleman’s larger mosaics, which are displayed throughout the temple building, have been appraised at between $2,200 and $2,500, Gurwitch said.

A large, tiled mazuzah, or welcome prayer, that Jews are required to place at doorways, also designed and created by Holleman, is valued at between $500 and $600, Gurwitch said.

Another Holleman, a blue, white, and rust tiled memorial to a late congregant, Selma E. Cutler, donated by her children, is valued at between $500 and $600.

And a 19-inch sterling silver Seder plate that originated in Portugal, according to Gurwitch, has been evaluated as being worth $2,200.

Michele Morgan Bolton

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