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A PAIR OF ENGLISH SILVER TORAH FINIALS, 19TH CENTURY

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Property from the Central Synagogue, London

A PAIR OF ENGLISH SILVER TORAH FINIALS, 19TH CENTURY

A PAIR OF ENGLISH SILVER TORAH FINIALS, 19TH CENTURY

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Lot sold:

18,750

USD

A PAIR OF ENGLISH SILVER TORAH FINIALS, 19TH CENTURY


matching the pair by John Robins (see previous lot), with triple gadrooned canopies hung with bells, engraved with Hebrew presentation inscription, both with some later bells, with maker's mark AB, probably for Abraham Benelisha, London, circa 1910

apparently unmarked, but with assay scrapes on the major parts

height 17½ in.

44.5 cm

As noted re. some replaced bells, and lacking some bells. One small section of one finial below pineapple replaced.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

The inscription reads “Mr. Samson and Mrs. Genendel Wertheimer, [5]637 [1876-1877].”


Samson Wertheimer was born in Germany but emigrated to England in 1830; his wife Genandel was better known in England as Helena.  Described in 1861 as a “curiosity dealer and ormolu factor”, Samson became a very successful art dealer. His gallery at 154 New Bond Street – just down from Sotheby’s – featured Old Master paintings and English portraits, 18th century French furniture, miniatures, porcelain, and objets de vertu; at his death in 1892, the business was valued at £377,000 (over $40 million today).


His clients included Lord Lonsdale and the Duke of Hamilton, but particularly the members of the Rothschild family living in England. Samson Wertheimer helped Baron Ferdinand form the collections at Waddesdon, and Barons Alfred and Lionel were executors of his will. His children Charles and Asher both entered the business, and the latter commissioned from John Singer Sargent the great series of Wertheimer family portraits now at the Tate Gallery.