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More fine art than collectible, "Fierce Roaring Tiger", made circa 1925 by the Pompeian Bronze Company, in wonderful original condition. Electroformed, figural, bronze-clad (bronze over plaster). Most likely made for use as a statue or statuette for the mantle or bookshelf — but it could also be used as a single bookend, a coffee table figurine, or a paperweight. Gorgeous dark-chocolate patina. The fighting stance of this tiger reminds us of a particular pair of tigers just down the road, so some sidebar...
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY TIGERS
Tigers in a variety of moods — ferocious, smiling, serene and roaring — can be spotted on and around buildings all over the Princeton campus. This particular bronze-clad feline reminds us most of the large pair of bronze tigers crouching on the Adams Mall, between Clio Hall and Whig Hall on the Princeton University campus; here is a Photo of "Cleo".
The "Princeton Tigers" are, of course, the name of Princeton Athletics, famous for the first ever college football game, played on November 6, 1869, against Rutgers. Closely tied to this oldest-of-old football rivalries is the decades-long back and forth cannon war. In the dark of night on April 25, 1875, a group of ten sophomores from Rutgers College travelled sixteen miles south to the campus of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and stole a cannon -- in what became known as the Rutgers-Princeton Cannon War (or Princeton-Rutgers Cannon War). Forty-five college teams use the tiger as their mascot
Now, back to the details of this fantastic Pompeian Bronze Company tiger...
SPECS: Measures about 6.5" tall on a 8" by 2.6" base (the tiger's body is slightly larger than the base, at about 8.3" nose to ankle), and weighing in at 3 lbs 5 oz. Marked "Pompeian Bronze" on one of the base's long sides, and "311" on one of the short sides. Bronze-cladding is in excellent condition, without any breaks or tears, just a few small scrapes, one of which might be described as a "dent", although its an odd shape for a dent (approx. 2mm by 7mm, on the neck, see the photo).
A rare beautiful piece from the Art Deco period, by one of the finest makers of bronze-clad.