TURBANED MAN READING Antique Bookends LOUIS V. ARONSON

TURBANED MAN READING Antique Bookends LOUIS V. ARONSON
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  • Item #: 2694
  • Manufacturer: LVAronson

Extraordinary set of rare antique bookends featuring a turbaned man in a robe seated reading a book. This set was made and signed by Louis Aronson.  Circa 1923.  These bookends are relatively small with brilliant colors.  Each bookend stands 3 5/8" tall, 3 1/8" wide, 2 5/8" deep and weighs 1 lb. (2 lbs. for the pair).  They are in very good original condition. There are no breaks, touch-ups, or, repairs. Authenticity is assured as both are marked in relief on the rear: L.V.Aronson 1923.

Louis Vincent Aronson, the originator of the Ronson name produced some of the finest art metal products of his time, and, some of the most collectible we have today.  Louis Vincent Aronson (1869-1940) was born in New York City, son of Prussian immigrant parents.  He was a brilliant student who graduated from public school at the age of 12 and entered a technical school specializing in metallurgy, practical metal working and mechanical drawing. As a young man he set up a laboratory in his parent's basement and developed plating processes among other things. He graduated as a qualified, expert metallurgist, draftsman and designer at the age of 15.  By the time he was 16 he sold the patent rights to one of the plating processes he developed giving him the money to start his own company called Art Metal Works in New York City.  Over the years he developed a number of patents and inventions for lighters including important safety features, children's toys, metal finishes.  Later in life he ventured into politics and banking.  During his lifetime he dedicated much of his time and money to causes that benefited the under-privileged and especially children.  The bookends he produced varied widely in subject but many had similarities in design and finishes. His finishes have proven the test of time in durability.  All of the Ronson products are highly collectible.

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