Teppich was born in Germany in 1904. After finishing High-School in Berlin he learned
woodcarving and worked in a furniture factory for three years. During this period he
studied art in evening classes, and then continued studying for ten more years in morning
classes in the “Kunstgewerbe und Handwerkerschule” in Berlin. He acquired a broad
range of art education, including: drawing, sculpture, metalwork, bronze casting, metal
turning, and interior design.
Hans Teppich won many prizes during his studies for different projects in which he
participated. His bronze and stone sculptures of animals were presented in an exhibition
at the Berlin Zoo.
In 1933 he immigrated to Israel and established a workshop in Jerusalem.
In his workshop he created different practical art objects including Hanukkah lamps,
Candlesticks, Mezuzot, Israeli flower shaped Spice boxes, many beautiful pieces of jewelry
and unique chess sets.
Teppich was a genius artist. He became famous for his Biblical figures and Judaic items.
Hans Teppich passed away in 1983 at the age of 79 in Israel.
Brass Figures from the Bible
Here we have a collection of real original Teppich figures, we have
assembled them from various sources mainly for reference purposes.
These figures were made since early Palestine days up to 1970s
Height range from 3.5 cm (1.4") - Palestine era, up to 6 cm (2.4")
Typical bottoms arranged chronologically
||Not by Teppich
The rarest are those marked "Palestine", later
came those marked Made in Israel, then came those with paper labels with the figure names.
Some have an "Original Teppich" label on a lead tag (2186
and the symbol of the State of Israel on the other side.
The myth about bullets used as material is definitely not true and was initiated by one of
the American dealers...
The page below appeared in a catalogue by I. Wolsky 1955 containing
Israeli Arts and Crafts.
(press to enlarge)
Initially he made the 13 figures as shown above and later when he
realized that he is being copied by one of his past employee he added more figures.
Other works by Teppich
The following items were associated with Teppich, but they are definitely not by him and
they are not signed.
The first 2 Hanukkah lamps shown below were made by the 'Ort' school in Israel about
The third one (right) was made by one of his past employee
who opened his own shop.
In addition, any figure that is hand etched with 'name' and 'Israel', were made by one of
his past employee who copied his famous Bible figures and those were made until recently.
The figures below are in that category and they are also collected.