RARE HOMER'S ILIAD, ca 1922 POMPEAIN BRONZE BOOKENDS
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Sold Date: 11/05/2007
Channel: Online Auction
These are very large bookends...VERY LARGE. They are very highly sought after and can be found in Kuritzky's Encyclopedia of Bookends on page 123. They are titled "Homer's Iliad. They are bronze clad, or a layer of of bronze over solid plaster. Bronze clad was very popular from 1905 to 1935 and was discontinued by manufacturers due to its expense and time consuming method of production. Bronze clad is also known as weighted-bronze, plaster-filled bronze, bronze-coated, bronze-armored among other names.They are rated a 5 (on a scale of 1 to 5) with 5 being RARE. The dimensions of this majestic pair are as follows: 9" T x 9" L x 5" W. Together they weigh about 22 lbs. The manufacturer of this beautiful set is Pompeian Bronze Company which origniated in 1921 discontinued operations in 1930. The title is seen on the face of each bookend along with the manufacturer name and the number 114. I will let the pictures do most of the talking as to the condition of the bookends and let you be the judge of the quality. However, I will note the following: T appears to have been a professional repair to one bookend. If you will note in two of the pictures, the front face or book contact point, has four (4) small bronze nail heads. Under this bookend, the wooden pad has a cut out. I would not want to speculate what this means, but the bookend is solid with no damage at all. Perhaps, the cladding did not ad to the plaster underneath and this repair was undertaken to strengthen the contact point with books. Otherwise, the bookend is solid and in great shape. I suspect this repair was undertaken by the manufacturer because it is hardly detectable. I also want to point out, and the pictures bear this out, some "bending" of the rider's legs. Please note that we are talking bends, NOT breaks. In the original design of the bookends, the outside leg(s) of each rider extended beyond the base of the bookend. I had always thought it was due to forcing the bookends up against the wall of a shelf, or some other immoveable object that caused the bended legs. I was partially correct. An informed bookend enthusiast tells me that bronze clad bookends when subjected to heat (direct sunlight, sitting over a heat vent, a radiator, or heat producing appliance) caused the plaster to soften and then any applied force would cause the thin coat of bronze to bend or reshape based on the amount of pressure. So, this pair has 3 legs with slight bends and one straight leg. This is hardly noticeable, but I did want to point it out. The bookends could use a good cleaning. They have collected dust for many, many years. Other than what I have previously described, the bookends are in very, very good condition. Please contact me with any questions. If you need more pictures please ask. Thank you for your interest and good luck. Please see my other bookend auctions currently underway!
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