An Exhibition Space in Jerusalem

Located on Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem, Cabinet of Arts (קבינט אמניות) was the site of an exhibiton of arts and crafts in November of 1937. V.C., the reviewer for The Jerusalem Post wrote:

The general standard of the Exhibition of the Cabinet of Arts, Ben Yehuda St., Jerusalem, is of the highest in technical achievement and artistic arrangement that I have yet seen in Palestine. Everything shown here has a degree of finish refreshing for its own sake—all the artists concerned in this exhibition having long passed the amateur stages of their craft. Here are men and women who, whatever their pure artistic merit, have at least learnt how to handle their tools with skill and certainty.

The books bound by both Dr. Seleigmann and Miss Flasheim are a pleasure to the eye and a joy to handle. The raffia bags and belts of Lydia Deutsch have a degree of finish and charm not always seen in such work.

Metal Work

The silver and copper work, by David Gumbel, combines great technical skill and a very nice sense of form. His coffee pot and vase have real delicacy of feeling and the embossed silver cigarette box is very attractive in design. Mr. Wolpet is showing some simple “Hanuka” candle sticks. The jewelry both of Mr. Hess and Mrs. Lilien — is of a very high standard and Mr. Hess’s work is beyond criticism, though I find a greater warmth of desing in that of Mrs. Lilien. Yet Mr. Hess’s settings of precious and semi-precious stones have a dignified simplicity wholly admirable.

Playing Cards

Two Commercial Artists — Ismar David and Karl Henschel — are showing precious specimens of their work. I liked the playing cards of Karl Henschel as well as some of his trade marks that are already familiar to the public. The best of Isman [sic] David’s work is his really superb lettering, while his design and the finished lacquer wooden case of the Keren Kayemeth Children’s Golden Book is very suitable.

Toys and Weaving

The wooden toys of Schwerin and wooden objects from the Saenger turnery are already well known and deserve the appreciation they get.

Miss Keines is showing some hand weaving, the best of which is a sofa cover in black and natural colours with dull orange borders. Her work, though good craftsmanship, is on the whole inclined to be a little dull in colour.

This is an exhibition encouraging to the spectator, and worthy of all encouragement from the public.

Because of its similarity to the map for the Charlotte Shop, the map (at least) for this invitation to an exhibition of ink drawings by H. A. Kahn in 1942 appears to have been done by Ismar David.

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