'SEAHORSE IN SCALLOP SHELL' Antique Bookends McCLELLAND BARCLAY

'SEAHORSE IN SCALLOP SHELL' Antique Bookends McCLELLAND BARCLAY
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  • Item #: 2744
  • Manufacturer: McClelland Barclay

Delightful, rare, original signed pair of bookends featuring a pair of seahorses in a scallop shell.  These bookends were made by McClelland Barclay.  Circa 1932.  Each bookend stands 5 3/8" tall, 4 5/8" wide, 3 3/4" deep and weighs 2 lbs (4 lbs. for the pair).  They are in very good original condition with no breaks, cracks, or, repairs. Authenticity is assured as both are marked on the back: McClelland Barclay '32'. After McClelland Barclay's death his molds were purchased by Dodge Metal Arts and reproduced.  These are the originals not the later reproductions.

McClelland Barclay (1891-1943) was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1891.  He was a noted American painter famous for advertising and pin-art. By the age of 21 he already had been published in The Saturday Evening Post, Ladies’ Home Journal and Cosmopolitan.  He did a series of advertisements for GM creating the Fisher Body Girl. In the 1930’s he was considered a superstar by Hollywood studios for his movie poster art.  He did not limit himself to painting. In the 1930’s he opened a studio 'McClelland Barclay Arts Products' to produce jewelry and decorative arts items.  He won a prize for artwork in WWI. As WWII approached he wanted to be involved. In June of 1938 he was appointed Assistant Naval Constructor with the US Naval Reserve. By 1940 he reported for active duty.  He wanted to be a front-line combat artist.  He was killed on July 18th, 1943 when his ship was torpedoed in the Solomon Islands.  McClelland Barclay was awarded the Purple Heart Medal posthumously along with numerous other rewards.  He was an extraordinary artist.  Today, his metal arts products are highly collectible though hard to find in good condition. 


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