'LITERATURE' art deco antique bookends by GALVANO BRONZE
- Item #: 2034
- Manufacturer: Pompeian Bronze
Spectacular set of bookends featuring a nude Roman man sitting in a chair with a swag on his lap while writing in his tablet. This set is known as LITERATURE. It is one in a series of art deco nudes featuring Roman men. The detailing is excellent. Each bookend stands 6 5/8" tall, 5 1/4" long, 2 7/8" wide and weighs 3 lbs. 4 oz. This set is in very good condition. There are some corner dents on the bases. They are a polychromed bronze-clad. These antique bookends were made using the bronze-clad method of production which utilized electricity via an electrode built into the plaster mold of the subject piece. Bronze was then electroformed onto the plaster mold. This was extremely innovative in the 1920's. Unfortunately, it was also very costly for labor and materials. Some bookends could take as long as three days to be completed. They created some of the most detailed and sought after bookends we have today. They're getting quite scarce to find in good condition since they are somewhat fragile.