Delighted to have for sale this very nice and rare Original Hand Hammered Silver Wall Plaque by Arieh Merzer in wooden frame. The plaque is made of solid silver (not silver-plated or copper) and finely hand-hammered, embossed and wrought, depicting a close-up portrait of Yemenite Jewish persona. It's rare to find the original silver work by the artist. Signed in both English and Hebrew. Framed in boldly wide wooden frame. Excellent condition.
Arieh Merzer (1905-1966)
Relief size 18.3 x 10.3 cm (7.2 x 4 inches)
(Frame size 30.2 x 22.3 cm / 11.8 x 8.7 inches)
Signed lower left "MERZER" in English and and Hebrew מרזר . On the back of the frame hand written by pencil "Israel, Hand-Wrought Silver, A.Merzer, Artists Colony Sefad."
The relief plaque is in Excellent Estate Condition with beautiful patina acquired through ages. The frame is original, has some minor scratch marks but overall in very good condition. Please refer the detail photos I added.
ARIEH MERZER (1905-1966) is an Israeli artist specializing in repoussé reliefs, mainly in copper and silver. Born in a small town near Warsaw, Merzer studied art in Warsaw and began his career as an artist there. From 1930 he lived and worked in Paris. After the occupation of France he was detained in a concentration camp, but in 1943 managed to escape and made his way to Switzerland. At the end of 1945 he immigrated to Ereẓ Israel where he lived alternately in Holon and Safed. He was one of the founders of the Safed artists' colony.
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