'ASIAN SCHOLAR' antique metal bookends by RONSON CO.

'ASIAN SCHOLAR' antique metal bookends by RONSON CO.
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  • Item #: 2739
  • Manufacturer: Ronson

Very rare, tall, spectacular pair of antique bookends featuring an Asian scholar by the Ronson Co. (Louis Aronson). Circa 1929.  These bookends feature an Asian man standing contemplatively in a magnificent gold garment with geometric etched detail, he has an ivory painted face and gold cap.  He is mounted on a triple tiered base.  Each bookend stands 9 3/8" tall, 3 7/8" wide, 3" deep and weighs 2 lbs. 5 oz. (4 lbs. 10 oz. for the pair).  They are in very good original antique condition with minor paint loss.  They stand straight and level.  There are no breaks, repairs, or, touch-ups.

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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