DIGGER AND SOWER antique solid bronze bookends MILLET

DIGGER AND SOWER antique solid bronze bookends MILLET
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High quality solid bronze pair of antique bookends featuring a boy digging in the earth on one with the other showing a boy sowing seeds. These bookends are beautifully casted in solid bronze with a decorative border.  They have been attributed to Griffoul.  Each bookend stands 5 5/8" tall, 3 5/8" wide, 2 1/4" deep and weighs 1 lb. 10 oz. (3 lbs. 4 oz. for the pair).  They are in very good condition. We don't know the foundry that produced these but both have numbers incised in the back.These two complementary scenes were originally painted by French artist Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875) a founder of the Barbizon school in France. Millet often painted scenes with peasant farmers which was frowned upon by many of the elite classes who would be his potential customers.  They did not care to have paintings of peasants glorified on their walls.

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