Gerald Benney Torah crown auctions with 8.1% increase on estimate

A silver gilt and red enamelled Torah crown created by Gerald Benney has sold at the top of Bonhams' Distinguished Designs and Post-War Silver including the Gerald and Janet Benney Collection of Silver.

Torah crown Bonhams
The Torah crown demonstrates Benney's skill in enameling

The piece was created in 1996 to mark the celebration of 3,000 years of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, featuring 10 silver gilt flames pinned to red enamel to symbolise the burning bush that, according to scripture, spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai.

It sold for £64,900 ($104,680), making an 8.1% increase on its £60,000 high estimate.

Gerald Benney (1930-2008) was one of the most influential British goldsmiths of his era, becoming the first British craftsman to hold four Royal Warrants simultaneously. The auction included much of his silver collection, which was formed with his wife, Janet.

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