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

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  • Sold Date: Jun 24, 2008
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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.

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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.

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