GERALD BENNEY: A unique and exceptional silver, silver-gilt and red enamelled Torah Crown
maker's mark for Adrian Gerald Sallis Benney, London 1996
This Torah Crown incorporates Benneys most iconic techniques of texture and enamel.
The domed crown is enamelled in translucent red over a textured ground. Pinned to the red enamel are ten silver-gilt 'flames'. This symbolises the flames from the burning bush seen by Moses on Mount Sinai. Ten curved polished arms arch over the enamel, these upswept arms support a smaller crown, the polished upswept sides terminate with ten points, from each point hangs a silver-gilt bell, with bark-effect textured surface, each suspended from a short chain. The small crown is centred with a small translucent red enamel dome over a textured ground, with polished ball finial.
The lower band of the crown has a bark-effect textured surface, the band is further applied and set with twelve cabochons, each one representing one of the twelve tribes of Israel.
The underside with two cylindrical receivers for the Torah scrolls.
Fitted onto a black leather covered base which fits into a fitted carrying case, height of crown 23cm, weight total 65.5oz.
- The Original registered design drawing is not being sold with the lot and has been lent by kind permission of Simon Benney.
Original registered design drawing is reproduced by kind permission of Simon Benney.
A copy can be reproduced and sold with the lot.