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Pair of Torah Finials

Artist
Wilhelmus Angenendt, Dutch (born Germany), 1737–1817
Date
1778
Material
Silver with gilding
Made in
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands, Europe
Classification
Metalwork
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
height: 18 3/8 in. (46.7 cm)
(with base): 20 3/8 x 5 1/8 in. (51.8 x 13 cm)
Credit Line
The Deane and Paul Shatz Endowment Fund for Judaica
Rights
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Object Number
108:2000.1,.2
NOTES
Finials (rimmonim) were among the most elaborate objects commissioned for Torahs by wealthy Jewish patrons. Breastplates, pointers, and crowns also adorned the scrolls when they were not in use. The finials' bells would have signaled the Torah's approach as the procession made its way through the synagogue. The bases feature silver stamps and a Hebrew inscription; the stamps confirm a date of 1778, and the inscription commemorates the gift of Yaakov Gedalja, born in the Hague in 1760, the son of Tanchum Pos.
c.1778 -
Jacob Gedalja Pos (b.1760), The Hague, The Netherlands [1]

by 1977 -
Phillips Gallery, London, England [2]

1977 - 2000
Asea Furman (1922-1991), Jacobo Furman, and Tania Furman, Santiago, Chile, purchased from Phillips Gallery [3]

2000/12/12
In auction "Magnificent Judaica and Manuscripts Including Property Formerly in the Furman Collection," Sotheby's New York, lot no 41 [4]

2000-
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased at auction [5]

Notes:
The pair of finials 108:2000.1 and 108:2000.2 share the same provenance.

[1] The date letter mark on the finials indicate that they were made in 1778. The Hebrew inscription on the staves states that they were a gift of Jacob Gedalja Pos, the son of Tanchum Pos [Furman, Jacobo. "Treasures of Jewish Art from the Jacobo and Asea Furman Collection of Judaica." New York: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, 1997].

[2] An email from Susan L. Braunstein, author of a 1985 catalogue on the Furman collection, indicates that the Furmans acquired the finials from Phillips Gallery, London in 1977 [email dated May 2, 2006, SLAM document files].

[3] See note [2]. The finials were published in two catalogues of the Furman collection, dated 1985 and 1997 [Braunstein, Susan L. "The Jacobo and Asea Furman Collection of Jewish Ceremonial Art." New York: The Jewish Museum, 1985, no. 7; Furman, Jacobo. "Treasures of Jewish Art from the Jacobo and Asea Furman Collection of Judaica." New York: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, 1997].

[4] See catalog, "Magnificent Judaica and Manuscripts Including Property Formerly in the Furman Collection," Sotheby's New York, December 12, 2000, lot no. 41.

[5] Per invoice from Sotheby's dated December 13, 2000 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, March 1, 2001.
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