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, A Massive Architectural Model of the Temple of King Solomon in Jerusalem to a Design by Thomas Newberry, Built by Messrs. Bartlett of King Street, London
 
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TITLE:  A Massive Architectural Model of the Temple of King Solomon in Jerusalem to a Design by Thomas Newberry, Built by Messrs. Bartlett of King Street, London
WORK DATE:  1883
CATEGORY:  Metal
MATERIALS:  Of giltwood, gilded carton pierre, silver gilt with date mark 1883, gilt-bronze, enamel, linen and embroidery on a scale of 1" = 5 feet (1:60), together with numerous figures and appurtenances. Accompanied by an engraving by Thomas Newberry, executed by Hans Price & Wooler
MARKINGS:  Birmingham assay marks of W. Spurrier denoting the following:
Bust- Queen Victoria's reign
Lion- Made of silver
Anchor- Made in Birmingham, England
Lowercase I- 1883
SIZE:  Temple Alone: Height: 26" (66 cm); Width: 46" (117 cm); Depth: 48" (122 cm).
Overall measurement, including forecourt: Length: 7' 8" (234 cm); Width: 3' 8" (112 cm)
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Carlton Hobbs LLC  +1-212-423-9000  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  "The temple is comprised of Porch, Holy Place, Holy of Holies, side chambers and galleries. It is outfitted with the Altar of Burnt Offerings, the Brazen Sea, ten Lavers, Golden Altar of Incense, ten Lamp Stands, ten Tables for Shew Bread, Ark of the Covenant, two Great Cherubims, two pillars (called "Jachin and Boas")," and numerous figures including robed priests."

This important 19th century architectural model of the Temple of Solomon is the culmination of research, which had fascinated architectural and biblical scholars since the Renaissance, and a focal point of the upsurge in the interest in history of Judaism in 19th Century England. It served as the centerpiece of the Anglo-Jewish Historical Exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall April 4th to August 1887. Figure 1 depicts the exhibition catalog entries for the temple and associated displays, Nos. 2249 to 2255. It was given a prominent position within the exhibit.

The present model was the culmination of a sixty-year quest by Thomas Newberry (1811-1901), a biblical expert of remarkable scholarship, to elucidate the design of the first Great Temple in a way that is consistent with the verbal descriptions in the Bible. Newberry was born into a Christian household and, although little is known of his upbringing, he often “praised God for the blessing of a Christian mother and a godly elder sister,”1 who instilled in him the scriptures and their Christian testimony. He was born again at a young age and came into fellowship with other Christians at the Plymouth Brethren assembly on Meadow Street, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

The temple model itself was the result of “Three years labour of Messrs. Bartlett." Giles and Philip Bartlett, who traded as Bartlett & Co. from 1811 at 20 King St., Soho, London, described themselves as Japanners, chair japanners and gilders. The firm relocated to 18 Blenheim St, Great Marlborough St. in 1820, where they remained through 1886. Philip Bartlett seems to disappear from the records, however Giles continued the partnership with this son William from about 1838. After Giles’ death, circa 1849, William continued to trade, acting as a Buhl worker for Queen Victoria 1846-57. His son Charles entered the business at age 19 and they traded as William Bartlett & Co. A billhead of their account to the National Portrait Gallery in February 1882 (for cleaning sculpture) describes this incarnation of Bartlett & Co. as “Carvers, Gilders, Decorators and Restorers of Works of Art and Vertu” and lists a wide range of services offered, including “Sevres, Dresden, Chelsea, Majolica, Oriental and all kinds of China restored… Limoges & Oriental Enamels, Venetian Glass, Wedgwood and Etruscan Ware Restored… Japanese Lack Work, Bantam(?), Indian & Chinese Cabinets, Screens, &c, &c. Painted oak carvings cleaned off, bleached & brought to one even color. Ancient Tapestries repaired & revived. Gilding executed in the rich Venetian style,” as well as offering to clean, repair and varnish pictures.

King Solomon’s Temple is perhaps the single most famous building of the land of Israel, yet to date not one single stone of it has ever been discovered: it was destroyed root and branch by the Babylonians in 587 BC. It has nevertheless had a hold on the imagination of scholars for the past 500 years, both as a source for archaeological research and for speculation about its physical appearance. A remarkable amount of description of the temple survives in written form in the Book of Kings and the Book of Chronicles, and, in later form, the Book of Ezekiel, from which Thomas Newberry derived his model.

PROVENANCE:  Sir William MacKinnon
ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Carlton Hobbs LLC Inventory Catalogue
LITERATURE:  A line drawing on the cover of the Supplement to the Jewish Chronicle, April 8, 1887.
EXHIBITION HISTORY:  This Temple formed the central display at The Anglo-Jewish Historical Exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall April 4th to August 1887 (catalogue no. 2249 to 2255).
 
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