BENNO ELKAN (German, 1877-1960)  A fine and important bronze menorah cast in the form of Adam and Eve standing on a lotus support entwined with a large serpent, the scrolled and ribbon-tied structure with six lights, the serpent's head supporting the seventh, greenish-brown patina; inscribed on the reverse BENNO ELKAN.
Lot 23
BENNO ELKAN (German, 1877-1960)
A fine and important bronze menorah
cast in the form of Adam and Eve standing on a lotus support entwined with a large serpent, the scrolled and ribbon-tied structure with six lights, the serpent's head supporting the seventh, greenish-brown patina; inscribed on the reverse BENNO ELKAN.
US$ 15,000 - 20,000
£9,500 - 13,000

Auction 21388:
Fine Judaica

10 Dec 2013 13:00 EST

New York
Lot Details
BENNO ELKAN (German, 1877-1960)
A fine and important bronze menorah
cast in the form of Adam and Eve standing on a lotus support entwined with a large serpent, the scrolled and ribbon-tied structure with six lights, the serpent's head supporting the seventh, greenish-brown patina; inscribed on the reverse BENNO ELKAN.
height 23 1/4 in (59 cm); width 22 in (56 cm); depth 7 1/2 in (19 cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Sotheby's New York, December 6 1984, lot 213; private Florida collection.

    Jewish sculptor Benno Elkan created numerous monuments and busts in Britain and pre-Nazi Germany.
    Born in Germany, produced a momument in that country for the victims of the first World War which was removed by the Nazis and later restored by U.S. occupation troops. In 1954 he emigrated to Britain where he executed busts of Winston Churchill, Chaim Weizmann, Arturo Toscanini and Lord Salisbury. He also cast the huge bronze menorah which was presented to the Israel Parliament by the British people in 1956, and now stands near the Knesset building in Jerusalem. He was made an Officer of the British Empire in recognition of his contribution to British art.

    Read more at http://www.jta.org/1960/01/12/archive/benno-elkan-noted-jewish-sculptor-dead-in-london-at-82#ixzz2hqC0FGWd
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