A Silver Bezalel Box

A Silver Bezalel Box

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This box is made of sterling silver. Upon first glance, the viewer might assume that the decoration featured on the box is simply neutral amorphous designs, however upon closer inspection, on both the lid and the sides of the box, it appears to be of a six-branched menorah, whose 7th and 8th branches have extended and morphed into an organic form. The center of the lid depicts a highly-detailed, exquisitely hand-carved plaque, featuring a rendering of Hagar and Ishmael. Marked on the base, circa 1910 – 1920. Boxes made of silver by Bezalel are exceedingly rare. Even the stamped hallmark on the underside of the base is desirable, as sophisticated collectors of Bezalel recognize this specific hallmark as only found on silver objects of the highest quality made by Bezalel (including an iconic Chanukah Lamp made of silver and filigree, which depicts a pair of priests lighting the Temple Menorah and two Lions of Judah. That lamp is found in the collections of both the Jewish Museum of New York and Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue). We are not aware of other examples of this Bezalel School box, be it in private or public collections.

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