A Rare And Important Silver Chanukah Lamp. Ukraine,
A RARE AND IMPORTANT SILVER CHANUKAH LAMP. Ukraine, c. 1820. The back plate highly chased with repousee depictions of griffins flanking a set of stage curtains that open to reveal the blessing over the lights. Surmounted by an eagle. Further decorated with scrollwork and floral decoration and Solominic columns that support a balustrade, behind which are a pair of griffins rampant flanking a circular floral cartouche surmounted by a coronet, The base consists of a rectangular tray on which are mounted eight later crowned lions (replacements) with open mouths, for the insertion of wicks, on a footed later added base. Maker's mark BD in Cyrillic, with quality mark 12. Historical restorations and later additions. Illustrated in A Guide to Jewish Art, 1989, full page color plate p. 57, and on back cover. Compare Treasures of the Jewish Museum, New York, No. S260. Catalogue of the Jewish Museum London, No. 235, and The Hanukkah Lamp, 1939, Nos. 97-98. 14.5 inches (37 cm) tall.