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A PAIR OF DUTCH PARCEL-GILT SILVER TORAH FINIALS, NICHOLAS VAN DIEMEN, AMSTERDAM, 1762

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 90,000 USD

Property from the United Synagogue, London

A PAIR OF DUTCH PARCEL-GILT SILVER TORAH FINIALS, NICHOLAS VAN DIEMEN, AMSTERDAM, 1762

A PAIR OF DUTCH PARCEL-GILT SILVER TORAH FINIALS, NICHOLAS VAN DIEMEN, AMSTERDAM, 1762

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 90,000 USD

Lot sold:

75,600

USD

Property from the United Synagogue, London

A PAIR OF DUTCH PARCEL-GILT SILVER TORAH FINIALS, NICHOLAS VAN DIEMEN, AMSTERDAM, 1762


of heavy weight, the plain staves with molded central knops, the hexagonal bodies with three tiers of cast and pierced panels of rococo scroll and shellwork, centered by bells and separated by scalloped ribs with scroll tops, balustrades between with ball finials, pierced crown tops with bud finials

marked on staves

height 17 1/2 in.

44.5 cm

Each with one small finial missing from galleries. One with three bells missing, several replaced, one by Aaron Taitelbaum. The other also with three bells missing, one existing bell made circa 1800. One with two projecting scrolls missing.


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 staves are engraved "Judah son of Samuel Siegal in the holy community of Niedewaren". This probably refers to Niedewerrn, a community in Germany north of Wurzburg. There was a synagogue there before 1786, when the existing building was replaced by a new one at 23 Schweinfurter Strasse.


Nicholas van Diemen became master in 1752; he was a specialist in religious silver, both Christian and Jewish.

Also engraved on each stave is the letter vav above the name of the benefactor.