A rare silver shabbat and festival lamp

Leeuwarden, 1789, Jan de Wal II

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A rare silver shabbat and festival lamp

An important piece of Judaica.

The Sabbath lamp consists of eight different detachable silver parts and six detachable arms with removable candle sockets and wax pans and is shaped as follows:

1. top suspension hook ending in a concave pendel shaped knob decorated with beading;

2. a hexafoil-crown with a spreading, lobed rim, decorated with beading;

3. a baluster shaped arm holder with numbered slots for the arms covered by a domed removable cap with reading, mounted with a shaped silver screw;

4. six tapering S-shaped arms decorated with spiky acanthus leaves, removable concave cannelated candle sockets and wax pans decorated with beading;

5. a baluster-shaped stem;

6. an open seven-light oil lamp with incurved sides, the rim decorated with beading;

7. a circular drip bowl decorated with beading; 8. an elongated cone weight with four concave sides decorated with beading.

Only few Dutch silver Shabbat lamps are known:

-A Shabbat lamp made in The Hague, 1764, presumably by Michel Derièe, is in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

-Edward van Voolen, a golden trail, Dutch-Jewish Culture in the Golden Age, Jewish Historical Museum, 1993, p. 9 with illustration of a silver Shabbat lamp by Hendrik Dauw, Leeuwarden, 1783, which was sold at Christie’s London, Fine English and Foreign Silver, December 19, 1979, lot 55, plate 5.

-A Shabbat lamp by Otto Knoop, Amsterdam, circa 1740 sold at Christie’s Amsterdam, Dutch, Foreign silver and Judaica, May 27, 1992 lot 1271, also illustrated at Christie’s Review of the Season 1992, p. 185.

-Shabbat lamp by Hendrik Griste I, Amsterdam 1755, (dripbowl lacking) sold at Christie’s New York, Fine Judaica, June 26, 1984 lot 123.

-Shabbat lamp by Pieter Bartholomeus van Linden, Amsterdam 1762, sold at Christie’s Geneva, Highly Important Silver, May 12, 1982 lot 89, also illustrated at Christie’s Review of the Season 1982, p. 227.

-A Shabbat lamp by Anthonie de Rooy, Amsterdam 1729, illustrated in M.H. Gans and Th.M. Duyvené-de Wit-Klinkhamer, Geschiedenis van het Nederlandse Zilver, Amsterdam 1958, fig. 81.

Provenance
Portugese synagogue, Antwerp 1965 Private collection, Belgium, by descent

Associated Literature
Gifts from the heart, Ceremonial gifts from the Jewish historical Museum. Amsterdam, 2004 M.H. Gans and Th.M. Duyvené-de Wit-Klinkhamer, Geschiedenis van het Nederlandse Zilver, Amsterdam 1958, fig. 81. Edward van Voolen, a golden trail, Dutch-Jewish Culture in the Golden Age, Jewish Historical Museum, 1993

Leeuwarden, 1789, Jan de Wal II

Dimensions
Height 105 cm. Width 54.7 cm.

Weight
4467 gram

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