A finely done cast metal piece, it originates from Paris and dates from 1870-1880.
Desk accessories were made in all shapes and fashion to compliment the many styles of both Parisian ladies' and gentleman's desks. This piece is a very masculine one and would have been used to sit atop papers or folders (as a paper weight).
It is of heavy, cast metal (cast from a carved mold). The lion is well done: the elements of his bone structure, the details of his fur, the expression of his eyes combine to present a realistic creature. His mouth is open and he looks off in the distance, head at an angle. His rear paws are tucked under, ready to rise, his front paws outstretched (fine detailing on his knuckles and claws). He sits on top of a rock-like surface.
The piece measures: 6 1/2" x 3" x 4 1/4" tall (at highest point of his head). The noble creature survives in very good and solid condition. His patina has darkened with age and human touch which adds to his beauty.
It is a very handsome and classic antique desk accessory.
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