Vintage Bronzed Cast Iron Bookends Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker"
Description: A pair of heavy vintage bronzed cast iron bookends. The bookends depict Auguste Rodin's famous Thinker sculpture. The design depicts a naked man sitting on a rock with his head resting on his hand and he is in deep thoughts. This of course is one of Rodin's most famous sculptures. The pair are substantial, weighing over 5 pounds. The bookends are dark with brassy colored highlights at the high points as well as all the edges. The back is textured while the base is covered with felt. Just a pair of beautiful bookends. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Early to mid 20th century
Origin: Purchased in an estate auction in Southern New Jersey.
Size: ~ 5 3/8" high and the base is 4 1/4" by 2". The pair weighs a hair over 5 pounds.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a nice pair of bookends with a beautiful and very desirable turn of the 20th century design. A beautiful set of bookends of substantial construction. Combined they weigh over 5 pounds. Just a beautiful set of bookends, which deserve a spot in your collection or on your shelves.
Condition: The bookends are in very good condition with no breaks, repairs or dings that we could find. They do have wear to the finish, some rust spots , some loss of bronzing, and a few spots on the edge of the base in both pieces where the finish is lost and you see a white coloring. Finally, the felt covering the base is soiled, shows stains and has losses near the edge where a rust coloring has developed. We believe the pieces are solid and would clean very well if you so desire. All of the issues highlighted here are commensurate with their age and utilitarian function. Please see photos for additional condition details.
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