AN AMERICAN BRONZE STATUE OF LIBERTY HANUKAH LAMP, MANFRED ANSON, NEW JERSEY, 1986
of tree form, with spread-eagle finial, each sconce modeled as a figure of Liberty with engraved captions
signed and numbered on servant light M. Anson / 51, one sconce cast "Made in USA"
height 23 in.
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The fronts of the sconces are engraved as follows: Galut; Congress, Basel 1897; Israel 1948; Holocaust 1939-1945; Herzl, Zionist; Exodus from Egypt; Babylonian Exile 597-538 BCE; Judah Maccabee 168 BCE; and 2 Revolts Against Rome. Also engraved on the back: 132-135 CE; 60-70 CE.
Just before the Second World War, Manfred Anson, born Germany 1922, was one of twenty boys saved by the Jewish Welfare Guardian Society of Australia. In 1963 he came to America, and in 1986 created this design, the sconces cast from souvenirs for the Centennial. He gave the original to the Statue of Liberty National Monument, another is in the National Museum of American History. One is in the Skirball Museum, illustrated on the cover of the catalogue, New Beginnings; The Skirball Museum Collections and Inaugural Exhibition, 1996.
An example was sold Sotheby’s, New York, December 4, 2014, lot 138, and another at Sotheby's, New York, December 20, 2017, lot 18.