I have always had a weakness for wonderful objects or paintings that depict rabbits. In these fabulous art deco 1930s bookends, the rabbits, though slightly stylized, are winning images.
The lines of the rabbits are sleek due to the style of the period. In the Victorian age, they would either have been big and fluffy or naturalistic-looking. In this version of the rabbit form, the creatures show some roundness, but they do exhibit a distinct art deco style.
The creamy stone rabbits were placed on dark gray marble bases. These have three straight sides, while the front is curved. This was to better hold books between them. As the rabbits are of stone and the bases are of marble, they are heavy for their size. Therefore, in spite of their size, they are capable of holding larger, heavier books in place.
The rabbits are well carved. Their eyes are and their muzzles with their mouths are noticeable. The long ears are stylistically carved in harmony with the legs and tail. The stone of the rabbits has interesting gray veins. There is a wonderful smoothness and patina to the carved stone.
The condition is excellent for their age and use. There is some wear to the bases along the bottoms with slight flea bites, but little that detracts from the fine marble bases. The tip of an ear of the right-hand rabbit has a small nibble. This nibble is rough on its edge, but is not readily seen due to the more striking, elongated form of the ears.
Each measures about 3-1/4 inches wide and 4-1/2 inches high.
Pair of Art Deco Carved Stone Rabbit Bookends on Marble Bases