110 208 DANISH PEWTER CHARITY CONTAINER. Art-Nouveau container in form of a graceful house, with stylized depictions of doorway on front and back, the roof engraved with bands resembling tiles and set with coin slot. Danish inscriptions across lintel: “To the Society for the Care of the Sick.” Engraved sides: “Praiseworthy is he who looks after the poor” (Psalms 41:2) in Hebrew and Danish. On base, removable disc marked with makers’ initials. 4 x 2.5 inches (11 x 7 cm). Copenhagen, c. 1900. $6000 - $8000 ❧ This unusual charity box was created to replace the older containers of an elite Bikur Cholim Society “Tiferes Jedidim” established in Copenhagen in 1821. A limited number of some 60 or so were manufactured. Two Jewish Danish artists cooperated in the design: Siegfried Wagner (1878-1952) and Mogens Ballin (1872-1914). For another example of this fine charity container, see Mirjam Gelfer-Jorgensen, Danish Jewish Art (1999) pp. 311-13. See also EJ Vol. III: cols. 596, 612 and “Mogens Ballin’s Workstatt” in: Dekorativ Kust (Munich, April, 1902) pp. 244-50; and Weilbach’s Kunsternerleksikon (Denmark, 1947) Vol. I, pp. 59-60 (Ballin) and Vol. III, 458-59 (Wagner). About the Society Tiferes Jedidim and the replacement of their charity boxes by those created by Ballin, see Sygeplejeselskabet for det Mosaiske Troessamfund i Kobenhavn, 1821-1921, especially p. 9.