Hanukkah lamp

Object Number: 
2010.19
Date: 
1999
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 1/8 x 15 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (15.6 x 39.4 x 7 cm) Silver Weight: 16.6 dwt (25.8 g)
Description: 
Contemporary candelabra of nine candleholders (eight in front, one at back) secured along base constructed from sterling rectangular rod, sterling discs, and cast sterling sleeves, in form of gate of Gothic-style arches; each individual wax tray and candleholder secured to candlestick with brass screw; each arch element also secured to base with brass screws.
Gallery Label: 
Hanukkah lamps, or Hannukiot, are candelabra characterized by nine candle branches and used in the ritual candle-lighting associated with the celebration of Hanukkah. This Hanukkah lamp was made in 1999 by New York City silversmith Bernard Bernstein in his Bronx, New York workshop. The design of Bernstein's contemporary Hanukkah lamp was drawn from a variety of inspirations, including his echoing of the pattern of early Gothic iron gates with pointed arches, such as one found at the Altneuschul built in Prague around 1270. To achieve the curvature of the lamp's arches, Bernstein manipulated a bronze working model and constructed pattern jigs to aid in creating the precise bend of each candle holder arch and wax tray. As his work log indicates, the fashioning of this Hanukkah lamp required more than 270 hours of labor.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Provenance: 
Purchased from the artist.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group