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What you should know about our vintage and antique bookends.

All our items have a history; they have been previously owned, which is part of their unique charm. They have normal signs of age and use and most collectors believe that, too, adds to their allure. We describe and show items as thoroughly as possible. All weights are for the pair. All items are subject to prior sale. Enjoy browsing our outstanding collection of rare treasures.

 

#1057 Ladies & Lyre

Price: $295.00

Here is a rare set of bronze-coated cast iron bookends with an elegantly subdued patina from the celebrated Hubley foundry, circa 1925. The two women, music teacher and student, are wonderfully detailed and each bookend is stamped "Hubley #328." Dimensions:
5" w x 2-1/4" d x 5-1/2" h
Weight: 4-1/4 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Good vintage condition with wear appropriate to their age. Felt on bases replaced.
Ladies & Lyre
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#1062 Deco Dancer with Scarf

Price: $395.00

The timeless beauty and irresistible grace of the nude Art Deco dancer is captured in this bronze-coated cast iron pair attributed to the "X-2" foundry, circa 1929. Each of the two pieces has a subdued coppery patina that only enhances the fluid motion of the dancer and her sash. Dimensions:
5" w x 2-3/4" d x 5-1/2" h
Weight: 4-1/4 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Very good vintage condition with only wear appropriate to their age.
Deco Dancer with Scarf
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#1084 Comedy & Drama

Price: $150.00 SOLD

The legendary comedy and drama masks are splendidly depicted in this set of polychromed brass bookends from Israel by Dayagi. These bookends feature pivoting, fold-up bases, sport a pleasant, subdued verdigris patina and are stamped on the rear Made in Israel. Dimensions:
3-1/4" w x 4-1/2" d x 4-1/2" h
Weight: 1-1/2 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Excellent vintage condition.
Comedy & Drama

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#1096 Israeli Lute

Price: $95.00 SOLD

The clean, unencumbered design of this appealing set of bookends featuring a bronze lute on an enameled verdigris background evokes the pleasant feeling of plain and simple musical pleasures. Each is piece is inscribed "Made in Israel by Dayagi." Dimensions:
4" w x 4-1/2" d x 6" h
Weight: 2 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Excellent vintage condition.
Israeli Lute

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#1098 G Clef

Price: $50.00

There is music in the air with these delightful golden-toned brass pieces displaying the G clef and F and A notes in bas relief. Dimensions:
4-3/4" w x 3-1/2" d x 5" h
Weight: 1-1/4 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Good vintage condition with some minor metal wear consistent with age.
G Clef
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#1105 Beethoven at the Piano

Price: $295.00

In these rare, remarkable, elaborate and elegantly designed pieces of metal sculpture as bookends, the incomparable Beethoven is working at his square grand piano with
sheet music clearly in view and so detailed that the notes are legible. Produced by the celebrated J.B. Hirsch foundry in 1932, the set is highlighted by the ivorine (celluloid) keyboard which contrasts with the overall finish of so-called "French Bronze," (electroplated gray metal or spelter). Each piece is marked with the foundry logo on the rear.
Dimensions:
4-1/4" w x 5-1/2" d x 5-1/2" h
Weight: 8-1/2 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Good vintage condition with some surface finish wear. One keyboard section has been restored and one base crack has been imperceptibly repaired and restored.
Beethoven at the Piano
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#1115 Thespian

Price: $195.00 SOLD

With the Tragedy and Comedy visages above and behind her in the background, The Muse of Drama is triumphantly conveyed in this rare and unusual set of bookends, crafted from bronze-coated cast iron from the Hubley foundry, circa 1925. Dimensions:
5-1/4" w x 2-1/4" d x 6" h
Weight: 4-3/4 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Excellent vintage condition with wear appropriate to their age. Felt on bases replaced.
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#1118 Orchestra Instruments

Price: $350.00

Three exquisitely sculpted and wonderfully detailed orchestra instruments — violin, trumpet and French horn — adorn these most rare and gracefully formed bronze pieces. Believed to be circa 1920s, there are no identifying foundry markings on either one. Each has a richly subdued bronze patina. Dimensions:
4-1/2" w x 3" d x 5" h
Weight: 3 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Excellent vintage condition with original felt bases.
Orchestra Instruments
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#1136 Deco Moon Dancer

Price: $450.00

At the height of the art deco movement, depictions of female dancers in alluring and sensual poses became almost the archetypes of the design expression. In this rare set of bronze-coated cast iron figures, the dancer speaks to the freedom and modernity of the art deco style. This set is from an unknown foundry and is believed to date from the mid-1920s. Dimensions:
5-1/2" w x 2-7/8" d x 5-1/4" h
Weight: 3/3/2004 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Very good vintage condition with only age appropriate wear. Felt on bases replaced.
Deco Moon Dancer
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#1138 Deco Scarf Dancer

Price: $450.00

Here is a wonderfully graceful version of the art deco nude dancer, in this instance, done in cast iron with a bright copper wash. This pair is attributed to the "X-2" foundry, circa 1920. Dimensions:
3-1/2" w x 2-1/2" d x 6-1/2" h
Weight: 5/1/2004 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Good vintage condition with some surface wear appropriate to age.
Deco Scarf Dancer
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#1139 Deco Dancer with Sash

Price: $495.00

In one of the many variations on the art deco nude dancer theme, this copper-coated cast iron pair features a woman moving in synch with a delicately billowed sash. Although unmarked, its style, design and construction led credence to the belief that it was produced by the "X-2" foundry, circa 1925. Dimensions:
4-1/4" w x 2-3/4" d x 6-1/4" h
Weight: 5 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Very good vintage condition with surface wear consistent with age. Felt on bases replaced.
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#1141 Beethoven Bust

Price: $425.00

The power and majesty of Beethoven's genius is immediately apparent in this heroic, sculptural treatment from the renowned Bradley & Hubbard foundry, circa 1926. Each of the two very substantial pieces in bronze-coated cast iron, is superbly detailed, from the facial expression to the background frieze, and bears the B&H hallmark on the rear. Each has a brass identification plate affixed. Dimensions:
6" w x 2-1/2" d x 6-1/2" h
Weight: 11 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Good vintage condition with wear on one brass ID plate. Felt on bases replaced.
Beethoven Bust
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#1142 Girl in Wreath

Price: $495.00

This very rare variation on the iconic art deco nude dancer depicts a nimble, tip-toed dancer surrounded by a superbly detailed floral wreath. The cast iron pair with a copper-bronze wash and a lovely subdued patina is attributed to the "X-2" foundry, circa 1929. Dimensions:
4-3/4" w x 2-1/2" d x 6" h
Weight: 5 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Very good vintage condition with surface wear consisten with age. Felt on bases replaced.
Girl in Wreath
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#1149 Deco Dancer

Price: $350.00

Grace and sensuality mark this rare art deco dancer pair from Art Colony Industries, circa 1929. The set is in substantial cast iron and retains its natural look. Dimensions:
7" w x 2-1/2" d x 5" h
Weight: 6 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Good vintage condition with some minor pock marks that do not detract from the overall appearance. Felt bases replaced.
Deco Dancer
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#1153 Classical Instruments

Price: $450.00

This rare bronze bookend set is the companion piece to "Orchestra Instruments" (#1118) and feature the same three instruments - violin, trumpet, French horn -- magnificently sculpted and beautifully detailed. Believed to date from circa 1920s, there are no foundry markings on either piece. Dimensions:
5-3/4" w x 2-1/2" d x 6-1/2" h
Weight: 5 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Very good vintage condition.
Classical Instruments
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