back has openwork design with lions flanking a cartouche with a menorah; light incised lattice design on top of lamp compartment cover; tiny lions on domed feet; cover of lamp compartment detaches from the main lamp body when it is opened more than 75%, possibly due to the fact that it seems to be missing a hinge pin on the "back left" hinge.

Hanukkah lamp, c. 1760

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In 1711 the Jewish ghetto of Frankfurt was destroyed by fire, prompting a resurgence of Jewish ceremonial art commissions. Roger Herfurth, a Christian silversmith, was uniquely positioned to take advantage of this demand, creating more than thirty documented works of ceremonial art for Jewish patrons. His Hanukkah lamp design features a chest-shaped container for oil, a solid back plate ornamented with repoussé shells and scrolls surrounding a Temple menorah, and rampant lions flanking a crowned cartouche. This form became so popular that it was replicated well into the 19th century and is still referred to as the "Frankfurt type."

Details
Title
Hanukkah lamp
Artist Life
German, 1722–1776
Role
Silversmith
Accession Number
2008.2.1a,b
Provenance
Mrs. Rebecca Davidowitz, New York; (Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, Jewish Ritual Silver and other Hebraica, March 31, 1954, Lot 321); Jakob Michael; (Manson & Woods International, New York, October 25-26, 1982, Lot 126); Dick Janger, Chicago; (Sotheby's New York, Important Judaica, December 19, 2007, Lot 79); MIA purchased at 2007 Sotheby's auction, accessioned in 2008.
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back has openwork design with lions flanking a cartouche with a menorah; light incised lattice design on top of lamp compartment cover; tiny lions on domed feet; cover of lamp compartment detaches from the main lamp body when it is opened more than 75%, possibly due to the fact that it seems to be missing a hinge pin on the "back left" hinge.