Top Ten Mezuzahs of 2023

Top Ten Mezuzahs of 2023

I bought over 100  mezuzahs in 2023. It’s not as bad as it sounds. A set of seven species mezuzahs by Dabbah and the twelve tribes by Magal accounted for 20 of the mezuzahs. Another 40 were mezuzah lots that I bought at auction. For example, I bought a lot of seven mezuzahs because there was a mezuzah by Arie Ofir in it.

So which ones were the best? To come up with the list, I scored each mezuzah on the 100 point MezuzahCollector scale. Mezuzahs with scores of 90+ are highly collectible. 

Here are the top mezuzahs of 2023:

# 1 Anika Smulovitz

Leaf 3
USA, Hallmarked, 2021

MC Score  96               

  • Aesthetics 18
  • Condition 20 
  • Rarity 20
  • Quality 20
  • Investment Value 18

Aesthetics: 18/20

Condition: 20/20 New 

Rarity: 20/20 

Quality 20/20

Material: Sterling silver, copper and bronze

Size:  7 7/8 x 2 7/8 x 1/2

Investment value: 18/20

I expect the demand for Anika’s works to increase and drive prices up accordingly.

Cost: $575

Source: Artist Direct

#2 Anika Smulovitz

Ginkgo 3
USA, signed 2021

MC Score 96              

  • Aesthetics 18
  • Condition 20
  • Rarity 12
  • Quality 15
  • Investment Value 12

Aesthetics: 18/20

Condition: 20/20 new

Rarity: 20/20

Quality 20/20

Material: Sterling silver and copper 

Size: 5 1/2 x 6 3/4 x 1/2 

Investment value: 18/20

Cost: $750

Source: Artist Direct

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#3 Laura Cowan

Large Apollo
Israel, signed, 2023

MC Score 94                   

  • Aesthetics 20
  • Condition 20
  • Rarity 18
  • Quality 20
  • Investment Value 16
This is a “must-have” mezuzah for any serious mezuzah collector. I asked Laura to make this one in the larger size. 
 

Aesthetics: 20/20

Condition: 20

Rarity: 17/20 

Quality 20/20

Investment value: 17/20

Value: $275

Source: Artist Direct

 

 

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#4 Victor Lederman

Denmark, signed, 2023

MC Score 94                    

  • Aesthetics 18
  • Condition 20
  • Rarity 20
  • Quality 18
  • Investment Value 18

Aesthetics: 17/20

Condition: 20/20

Rarity: 20/20

Quality 18/20 Unique

Metal: Bronze

Investment value: 20/20

Cost: $900 

This mezuzah most likely has significant appreciation potential. It’s unique, beautiful and high quality.

Source: Artist Direct

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# 5 Frann Addison

USA, signed 2023

MC Score 93               

  • Aesthetics 18
  • Condition 20
  • Rarity 20
  • Quality 18
  • Investment Value 17

Aesthetics: 18/20

Condition: 20

Rarity: 20/20 

Quality 18

Investment value: 17/20

Cost: $275 

Source: Artist direct

I asked Frann to make this in a larger size (6.5 inches). It’s beautiful.

Frann Addison

#6 Ruth Shapiro

USA, Signed, 2023

MC Score 93                    

  • Aesthetics 18
  • Condition 20
  • Rarity 20
  • Quality 18
  • Investment Value 17

Aesthetics: 18/20

Condition: 20/20

Rarity: 20/20 

Quality 18/20

Material: Bronze 

Investment value: 17/20

Cost: $180 

Source: Artist direct

I have four of Ruth’s mezuzahs. She makes fabulous mezuzahs in a lost wax casting, bronze and silver and various fabrication methods.

Ruth Shapiro

#7 Eran Ben Yelid

Israel, Signed, 2023

MC Score 93                    

  • Aesthetics 18
  • Condition 18
  • Rarity 20
  • Quality 17
  • Investment Value 20

Aesthetics: 18/20

Condition: 18/20 very minor wear

Rarity: 20/20.

Quality 17/20

Material: Steel

Investment value: 20/20

Cost: $225

Source: Artist Direct

I bought eight mezuzahs from Eran this year. I think he’s going to be an important artist whose works appreciate quickly.

Eran Ben Yelid

#8 Luigi Del Monte

Italy, signed, 1999

MC Score 93                   

  • Aesthetics 18
  • Condition 18
  • Rarity 18
  • Quality 19
  • Investment Value 20

Aesthetics: 18/20

Condition: 18/20 very minor wear

Rarity: 18/20 

Museum: MOMA and Israel Museum.

Quality 19/20

Material: Anodized Aluminum

Size: 4.5 x 1.75 inches/11.5 x 4.75 cm.

Investment value: 20/20

Cost: $125 

Source: Appel Auction

Iconic mezuzah from a highly acclaimed artist. A must have for your collection. Hard to find. Only two came up for sale in 2023.

Luigi Del Monte Prismatic

# 9 unknown maker

Warsaw, assayer mark, 1899

MC Score 92                  

  • Aesthetics 18
  • Condition 16
  • Rarity 20
  • Quality 18
  • Investment Value 20

Aesthetics: 18/20

Condition: 18/20 very minor wear

Rarity: 20/20 

Quality 19/20

Material: Sterling Silver 

Investment value: 20/20

Cost: $200

Source: eBay

This is the type of quality you would find at Menorah Galleries or at the Sotheby’s Judaica auction.

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#10 Chaya Magal

Twelve Tribes
Israel, signed, c1985

MC Score 92                    

  • Aesthetics 18
  • Condition 16
  • Rarity 20
  • Quality 18
  • Investment Value 20

Aesthetics: 18/20

Condition: 16/20 very minor wear

Rarity: 20/20 

Quality 18/20

Material: ceramic 

Investment value: 20/20

Cost: $350 

Source: eBay

I was lucky to find a set of twelve tribes mezuzahs made by Chaya Magal of Ein Hod. She is one of the important, early Israeli ceramicists.

Chaya Magal

#10 Swed Workshop

Israel, Signed, C 2010

MC Score 92                   

  • Aesthetics 18
  • Condition 18
  • Rarity 16
  • Quality 19
  • Investment Value 20

Aesthetics: 18/20

Condition: 18/20 very minor wear

Rarity: 16

Edition of 500

Quality 19/20

Material: Rhodium

Size: 5 x 1 inches

Investment value: 20/20

Cost: $200

Source: eBay

2 thoughts on “Top Ten Mezuzahs of 2023”

  1. Victor Lederman

    Some thoughts about #9.The acorns cum oak-leaves is a very unusual motif in the area of Judaica,but very,very common in Europe as an adornment of items connected to hunting.As we know,hunting is prohibited to religious Jews.At that time ,the end of 19C ,in the Polish areas of the Russian Empire,Jews were allowed to have bussineses in gold/silversmithing,.These produced primarly Jewish ritual objects.,with traditional decor.I think,this mezuzah was made by a non-Jew,the letter Shin is also a bit odd. The weight and the Shin in gold point to it beeing a unique piece.Maybe a comission to a “modern” Jewish customer.Anyway,very unusual.

    1. Victor, We just wrote a blog on German mezuzah cases made about the same time. They were influenced by the art nouveau movement in Germany at the turn of the 20th century. The motifs included the sun, trees and leaves. I am wondering if there might be some kind of connection with the Polish mezuzah.

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