Lot 471: EXQUISITE RUSSIAN SILVER CHANUKAH LAMP.
March 12, 2014
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Temple-form Chanukah lamp; intricately detailed Baroque triple arched backplate, chased, engraved and repousse with rhythmic scrolling, floral and foliate devices. Central rondelle comprised of spiraling grape cluster, leaf and vine motif, flanked by two large rampant winged griffins. Atop the rondelle are two smaller rampant lions supporting central Decalogue. Central upper gabled niche frames fruit cornucopia basket; two large columns with leafy capitals support lions gripping trumpet and shofar. Surrounding the backplate is an extending openwork frame continuing the floral and foliate motif. Lions of Judah and pheasants are amidst the dense foliage. At center top, two rampant winged griffins flank a pair of cuffed hands in the gesture of the Priestly blessing, surmounted by a ornamented coronet. Backplate is fronted by balcony supporting two vases of flowers and eight handled ewer-form oil lamps behind a balustrade decorated en suite. With servant light and additional Sabbath light with applied leaf devices on branches. The whole set on four animal-paw supports. Cyrillic maker's mark: "I.R.B." and assayer's mark: "P.K." 1870's date partially obliterated. 12.75 x 10 inches.
• A REMARKABLE RUSSIAN CHANUKAH LAMP OF INTRICATE DETAIL.
Zhitomir, circa 1870.