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Object Name: Hanukkah lamp
Date: 1999
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Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 6 1/8 × 15 1/2 × 2 3/4 in., 16.6 dwt (15.6 × 39.4 × 7 cm, 25.8 g)
Place made: New York
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.
Credit Line: Purchase
Object Number: 2010.19
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Marks: Maker's marks "STERLING" "© 1999" "BERNSTEIN" and "HANDMADE" stamped on bottom of the lamp. Each candlestick sleeve is also numbered 1 though 9.

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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.


Purchased from the artist.


"Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York," New-York Historical Society, May 4–September 23, 2012; Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL, January 28–April 20, 2014.