GERMAN SHEPHERD STANDING dog antique bookends by PAUL HERZEL

GERMAN SHEPHERD STANDING dog antique bookends by PAUL HERZEL
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  • Item #: 2033
  • Manufacturer: Pompeian Bronze
These bookends are a testament to the incredible artistic ability of Paul Herzel whose work is always admired and highly collectible. His sculptural subjects were varied but his animal series is renowned for its accuracy of conformation. He was commissioned to do murals at the Bronx zoo in the 1920's. This set of German Shepherds is one of a handful of dog sculptures he made. They are superb. Each bookend stands 8 1/2" tall, 6 1/2" long, 2 1/4" wide and weighs 3 lbs. 3 oz. They are in very good condition. These were made using the bronze-clad method of production which utilized electricity via an electrode built into the plaster mold of the subject piece. Bronze was then electroformed onto the plaster mold. This was extremely innovative in the 1920's. Unfortunately, it was also very costly for labor and materials. Some bookends could take as long as three days to be completed. They created some of the most detailed and sought after bookends we have today. Today these bookends are among the most sought after on the market. They're getting quite scarce to find in good condition since they are somewhat fragile. The few companies that used this process all went bankrupt.
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