Rare FRENCH ART DECO J. Ruhl BOOKENDS by JB HIRSCH CO

OUTSTANDING ANTIQUE ORIGINAL

A French Art Deco Treasure!
FRENCH ART DECO Artist-Signed J. RUHL
âeoeMAN READINGâe BOOKENDS by JB HIRSCH CO

c1932

Pair of pot-metal bookends with a verdigris bronze finish depicting two molded gentlemen in smoking jackets and evening slippers sitting w/legs crossed in a large Morris chair, comfortably reading! Ivorine colored attached heads with ivorine-colored hands and books. Statues are mounted on black marble plinths and hallmarked âeoe[logo] - JBH CO - J. Ruhlâeoe.

------JB HIRSCH CO. JB HIRSCH CO. JB HIRSCH CO. JB HIRSCH CO. JB HIRSCH CO. JB HIRSCH CO. JB HIRSCH CO.------

The saga of the century-old French moulds that went underground to escape World War II destruction reads more like a scenario for a motion picture thriller than a chapter in the history of art.

It all began in Paris when a group of highly talented artists, trained at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts, developed a distinctive style that epitomized the classical grandeur rooted in ancient Greece and Rome. French foundries began their now famous works in "French Bronze." Around the turn of the century the Beaux Art style was followed in popularity by the Art Nouveau and Art Deco, which were also cast in "French Bronze" by the same foundries.

One of the customers for these "French Bronzes" was the New York Art Bronze Works, later to become J.B. Hirsch Co., founded in 1907 by Roumanian emigrant Joseph B. Hirsch. During World War II the French foundries could make no more statues. To prevent their destruction, the moulds were buried under factory floors and house cellars, the parts scrambled to ensure they would not be exploited in the event they were discovered.

After Abraham Hirsch heard of their existence he made numerous trips to France to purchase the moulds acquiring the moulds of fifteen French foundries.

------JB HIRSCH CO. JB HIRSCH CO. JB HIRSCH CO. JB HIRSCH CO. JB HIRSCH CO. JB HIRSCH CO. JB HIRSCH CO.------

A superb example of ART DECO decorative arts -- a treasure!
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ORIGIN

JBH Co

DATE

C1932

MATERIAL

Pot Metal w/Verdigris Bronze Finish

MEASUREMENTS

Height 5.5âe (14cm); Length 6âe (15.2cm); 4âe (10.2cm)

CONDITION

GREAT to EXCELLENT with slight paint loss on one of the heads and occasional surface scratches/grazings. One statue (see photo) has a small hole in the back. Items display beautifully.

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