Lot 65
  • 65

An unusual Polish silver Hanukah lamp with music movement, Antoni Reidel, Warsaw, 1891

15,000 - 25,000 USD
15,000 USD
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  • the base marked with Warsaw city mark and maker’s mark of Antoni Reidel, the backplate with slightly later Warsaw mark and incuse mark M,  Russian Imperial control mark on menorah, lions, crown, the music signed Qualité Excelsior 3178
  • silver
of typical form with festooned gallery mounted with chained posts, two topped by leaping deer, the center with eagle and orb, baluster lamps in front of two palm trees topped by pairs of birds, the backplate chased with border of scrolls and flowers, centered by an applied menorah flanked by maces supporting lions rampant regardant holding a crown topped by a seated stag, two later detachable servant lights, the base fitted with music movement with front panel chased to match


Zipporah Bendet (1880-1911), Frankfurt, Germany, direct descendant of Vilna Gaon- Elijah Ben Solomon Zalman of Vilna (1720-1797)

and by descent to present owner

Catalogue Note

Zipporah Bendet, b. 1880, married in Vilna 1904 Aharon Marczsalkowicz, died of cholera 1911 in Frankfurt, leaving three children including father of the present owner Shmu’el,  b. 1910. Zipporah subsequently  married Rabbi Josef Lipman Gurewicz in Vilna 1913. Rabbi Gurewicz became de facto Chief Rabbi of Melbourne, Australia, establishing Semikhah for the first time in Australia, and the first modern international Bet Din. In 1949, he was offered the post of Chief Rabbi of Petah Tikva, but refused because of blindness. He died in Melbourne in 1956. During the years following Kristallnacht, his wife sold her properties in Vilna and Eretz Israel to finance the rescue of many refugees. Further notes on the family accompany this lot.