This is an old painting on wood panel of a religious Jewish, the panel itself measuring 14" by 13". The painting is signed at lower left with a signature that rather resembles that of the important Hungarian artist Mihaly Munkacsy. Because it seemed to me that the signature resembled known signatures of Munkacsy, and because he was known to have painted works dealing with Jewish subject matter, I have thought that there might be a reason to believe this might actually be a (very valuable) Munkacsy painting. I have shown it to auction house personnel in Europe and America and they do not believe this is by Munkacsy, but they have not suggested who might have painted it. It was purchased by me approximately in the year 2005, at the Miami Beach Antiques Show in Florida, not attributed to any artist---just as a decorative painting/Judaica. The painting, I was told by the seller at the time, came from a fine orthodox Jewish home in an affluent Baltimore, Maryland neighborhood. The black frame appears to be from the 1920's or as late as 1930's perhaps. Interestingly, there was at the time I photographed this an old brown label on the shredding backing paper from a Vienna pre-war framer/art dealer; this original label sadly has become lost, but I have the photos of it and include them here. The very last photo is of a known Munkacsy signature---provided here for comparison purposes only. There is some alligatoring of the paint and a few tiny areas of minor paint loss; otherwise the painting is in excellent condition. A most appealing painting to the advanced collector of Judaica.
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