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Very rare piece, signed silvered metal Wolpert Hanukkah lamp Menorah, Israel, 1950's, Judaica
Estimate: $ 800-1200.

Designed by the renowned Jewish artist - Ludwig Wolpert and produced by Y. Hadani, Israel.
The backplate is beautifully pierced forming a flame.
Fronted by a long rectangular bar holding the eight oil fonts and servant light (Shamosh).
Marked in Hebrew "Y. Hadani" and in English "Israel".
A superb Jewish, Judaica, Hebrew, Israel item.
Also spelled: Chanukka Chanukkah Chanukah Chanuka Hanukkah Hanukah lamp.

Measurements :
Height: 28 cm. / 11.024 inches
Width: 28.5 cm. / 11.22 inches

The surface of the silver shows some marks of age but the object is in general good vintage condition.

Susan L. Braunstein, ‘Five Centuries of Hanukkah Lamps from the Jewish Museum’, a Catalogue Raisonne, New York, 2004, dedicates a big chapter to Ludwig Wolpert

Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert (1900-1981) sculptor and designer of Jewish ritual objects.
Born in 1900 in Hildesheim, Germany, to a traditional Jewish family. From 1916 until 1920 he studied sculpture in Frankfurt-am-Main's Kunstgewerbeschule, School for Arts and Crafts.
After several years of independent work as a sculptor, he returned to the School of Arts and Crafts to study metalwork under the silversmith Leo Horowitz. Wolpert decided to devote himself to Jewish ceremonial art, applying the new trends of that time.
In 1930 he created his first work with Hebrew lettering, a Passover plate for the Seder table, made from silver, ebony, and glass.
In 1933 he immigrated to Palestine. In 1935 he became a professor at the New Bezalel Academy for Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem.
His teaching stressed simplicity and functional purity of design.
In 1956 he was invited to the Jewish Museum in New York by Drs. Abraham Kanof and Stephen Kaiser.
He established and was designated director of the Tobe Pascher Workshop, which is devoted to the creation of modern Jewish ceremonial art.
In 1976 the Spertus College of Judaica in Chicago honored Wolpert with a Doctor of Hebrew Letters, in recognition of his contribution to the design and practice of Jewish art.
In the same year, the Jewish Museum exhibited "Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert: A Retrospective." He worked in a variety of materials in addition to silver, aluminum and other metals, glass, plastic, wood, and textiles. His artistic creations include, among numerous others: a gold Hanukkah menorah for David Ben Gurion; the silver Torah case presented in 1948 to President Harry S. Truman by the first Israeli president, Chaim Weizmann (now in the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri); the Jewish section of the United States Air Force Academy chapel in Colorado Springs; and the entrance to the Jewish Chapel at John F. Kennedy Airport. His works have been displayed in Germany, Israel, and the United States.

The pictures do not do justice to this magnificent item.

SALE - Mid Century Modern Judaica: Marked and Silvered Ludwig Wolpert Hanukkah Lamp Menorah, Israel, 1950's


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: Metal, Silvered, Silver
  • Ships worldwide from Switzerland
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