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Print of a Jewish wine merchant inspecting wine

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.855

Zincograph print of a Jewish winemaker by Jan Felix Piwarski (Piwarskiego) (1794-1859). He wears a spodik, a tall, fur hat worn by Hasidic Jews in 19th century Poland, and stands amid wine barrels examining a glass of wine. This image was one of the Warsaw types included in Piwarski's unfinished series, Kram malowniczy warszawski, of finely detailed portraits of peddlers and merchants conducting their business in times gone by. The prints, or zincographs, were made from engraved zinc plates, a technical innovation made by Piwarski, who studied drawing and languages before moving to Warsaw in 1816. In 1818, he became curator of the Print Room at Warsaw University Library until 1834 when the University was closed by Czar Nicholas I of Russia in the wake of the suppressed Polish November Uprising. Piworski then had a successful career as a teacher and artist. He invented new lithographic techniques, most notably zincography, which gave his work a delicate, painterly quality. He was know for his carefully observed landscapes, and for his numerous series depicting people, of today and yesteryear, involved in their daily activities. The print is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Artwork Title
Kiper Winiarz Opatowski. Próba starego wina
Alternate Title
Kiper Winemaker Opatowski, Sampling old wine
Series Title
Kram malowniczy warszawski czyli Obrazy miejscowe z ubiegłych czasów
publication:  1855
publication: Warsaw (Poland)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:30:51
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