This vintage 1960s copper fruit bowl/basket on wheels was manufactured by Tamar. Ltd., of Israel. As the attached label indicates, Tamar was known for its “handicraft artistic copper products of high standard quality.”
Placed in the center of the bowl is an Eilat stone as an accent piece. For those of you unfamiliar with an Eilat stone, it derives its name from the city of Eilat, where it was once mined. The stone is a green-blue inhomogeneous mixture of several secondary copper minerals including malachite, azurite, turquoise, pseudomalachite, and chrysocolla. The Eilat stone is the national stone of Israel and is also known as the King Solomon stone.
This gorgeous bowl has its copper form intricately cut and crafted with a floral motif, in which the center of each flower is hand-painted. The word Israel, both in Hebrew and English, appears around the central circle that holds the Eilat stone. The wheels are nicely designed and turn smoothly. The bowl has a wonderful patina for its age and is free on scratches, dents, and other marks. This piece is in an overall great vintage condition.
This Tamar copper fruit bowl/basket on wheels would make for a wonderful gift for those who celebrate the Jewish High Holy Days that include Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. However, this lovely bowl is a very nice decorative piece for anyone’s kitchen or dining room. It could be used as a centerpiece to hold fruit or bread. Finally, for those who are vintage metalwork collectors, or for those who collect Judaica pieces, this stunning fruit bowl with an Eilat stone would add great value to such a collection.