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Classical scene of ancient Rome, "Roman Scribe", made circa 1922 by the Pompeian Bronze Company, a pair of vintage electroformed bronze-clad figural book ends, with original polychrome paint (red, blue, black, and a few traces of heavily crazed white) — in amazingly good condition considering their age. Gorgeous dark bronze and copper patina. Substantial weight and nicely functional design. Rare, especially in this condition.
No. 1595 in Kuritzky and De Costa. These bookends depict a man sitting or kneeling and writing in a book that rests on one knee. He is wearing a tunic or toga, a sort of helmet-like cap, and sandals.
SPECS: Each measures about 7.0" tall by 3.4" wide at the elbows, the rectangular base is about 6.0" by 2.4", the pair weighs in at 8 lbs 0 oz. Marked "Pompeian Bronze Co. NY" in an oval on the base, below his back. One of them has a very slight bulge in the bottom near the front — a minor manufacturing anomaly and difficult to see, it is less than 1mm thick — but it allows you to rock it a bit when it is on a flat hard surface, were you to attach a piece of felt to the bottom it would likely not rock, but either way it is a minor issue, see the photo with ruler and pointer. No breaks, tears, or repairs to the bronze cladding.