'FLAMINGO PAIR' antique bookends BY PAUL HERZEL POMPEIAN BRONZE

'FLAMINGO PAIR' antique bookends BY PAUL HERZEL POMPEIAN BRONZE
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  • Item #: 2685
  • Manufacturer: Pompeian Bronze

Extremely rare, original pair of signed bookends featuring a pair of flamingos standing in greenery.  This set was designed and signed by artist Paul Herzel.  They were made by the Pompeian Bronze Co. of New York.  Circa 1922.  Each bookend stands 7 1/2" tall, 5 3/4" long, 2 1/8" deep and weighs about 2 lbs. (4 lbs. for the pair).  They are in very good original condition with minor finish loss and dings. They stand straight and level.  There are no breaks, repairs, or, touch-ups.  Authenticity is assured as both are signed Paul Herzel on the top of the base and there is an original Pompeian Bronze paper label on the bottom.  Paul Herzel (1876-1956) was a well known German American artist who emigrated from Silesia, Germany to St. Louis, Missouri at the age of seven.  He painted and sculpted through his life winning numerous awards and was noted for his animal drawings, paintings and sculptures.  He lived most of his adult life in New York.  Pompeian Bronze Company (1919- 1923)was located in New York and noted for using the electroformed bronze method of production.

These antique bookends were made using the much coveted and highly collectible bronze-clad method of production which utilized electricity via an electrode built into the plaster mold of the subject piece.  There was a lot of preparation work involved.  Bronze was then electro-formed onto the plaster mold.  This was extremely innovative in the early 1900’s.   Unfortunately, it was also very costly for labor and materials.  Some bookends could take as long as three days to be completed.  Almost all of the companies went bankrupt.  However, they created some of the most detailed and sought after bookends we have today.  They're getting quite scarce to find in good condition since they are somewhat fragile. 

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