'MAN READING IN CHAIR' antique bookends JOHN RUHL & J.B. HIRSCH
- Item #: 2658
- Manufacturer: JB Hirsch
Magnificent set of very rare, top quality, signed, original, John Ruhl designed antique ivorine faced bookends manufactured by the J.B. Hirsch Company, USA. Circa 1932. These bookends feature a sophisticated, elegantly dressed gentleman reading a book while sitting comfortably in an upholstered easy chair. The man's head is made of 'ivorine' which was an early celluloid product used to mimic the earlier European ivory and bronze sculptures. The body is 'french bronze' in a gold finish and the base is portorro marble. This set is exceptional. Each bookend stands 5 3/4" tall, 6" long, 4" wide and weighs 3 lbs. 5 oz. (6 lbs. 10 oz. for the pair). The are in very good original condition with some paint loss on the chair. Authenticity is assured as they have the JBH hallmark for the JB Hirsch Company and are signed J. Ruhl for artist John Ruhl.
JB Hirsch bookends are among the most desirable for collectors today. His techniques and designs mimicked the original french bronze sculptures of the early 20th century. After WWII he obtained a vast array of the original molds of some of the great bronze sculptors and had them shipped to America for use in metal arts products he created in his factory. They are still in production today primarily in lamp production. This set is an early original.