Unique artisan brass Hanukkah lamp Menorah, in Ludwig Wolpert style, Israel, C. 1950.
Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert (1900-1981)
Sculptor and designer of Jewish ritual objects.
Born in 1900 in Hildesheim, Germany, to a traditional Jewish family. From 1916 until 1920 he studied sculpture in Frankfurt-am-Main’s Kunstgewerbeschule, School for Arts and Crafts.
After several years of independent work as a sculptor, he returned to the School of Arts and Crafts to study metalwork under the silversmith Leo Horowitz. Wolpert decided to devote himself to Jewish ceremonial art, applying the new trends of that time.
In 1930 he created his first work with Hebrew lettering, a Passover plate for the Seder table, made from silver, ebony, and glass.
In 1933 he immigrated to Palestine. In 1935 he became a professor at the New Bezalel Academy for Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem.
His teaching stressed simplicity and functional purity of design.
In 1956 he was invited to the Jewish Museum in New York by Drs. Abraham Kanof and Stephen Kaiser.
There he established and was designated director of the Tobe Pascher Workshop, which is devoted to the creation of modern Jewish ceremonial art.
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