Antiquities aren’t what they used to be: An antiquities expert talks

ByALAN ROSENBAUM
September 13, 2017 22:31

In his day-to-day work, Lenny Wolfe deals with Jews, Arabs, tourists, international collectors, museum people and people from universities.




LENNY WOLFE

LENNY WOLFE. (photo credit:ALAN ROSENBAUM)

On a sweltering weekday afternoon better suited for a snooze than an interview, I arrive at the Jerusalem home of renowned antiquities dealer Lenny Wolfe, who has in fact chosen the former and forgotten about the latter. After a few persistent knocks on the door, Wolfe awakes and invites me in to his stately home, built more than a hundred years ago by a member of the Greek Orthodox community, in the city’s Musrara neighborhood.

The temperature is a bit more comfortable in Wolfe’s basement office and as we sit amongst the mid-afternoon shadows, Wolfe, speaking with a rich Scottish brogue, explains his origins, how he arrived in Israel, what it means to be an antiquities dealer and how he views Israel almost 45 years since he first arrived.

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