The Van Briggle Art Pottery was established in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 by Artus and Anne Van Briggle. Artus had a significant impact on the Art Nouveau movement in the United States, and his pottery is foundational to American Art Pottery.
Artus Van Briggle settled in Colorado Springs in 1899 after establishing himself as a notable artist with the Rookwood Pottery of Ohio. With Anne Louise, his new wife, Artus began exploring the Art Nouveau style in their pottery creations and from 1899 until his death Artus devoted himself almost exclusively to the craft and art of pottery.
This wonderful pair of figural bookends, circa 1985, are decorated with a medium brown high gloss glaze. The bookends measure 7 1/2" in height and rest on bases that measure 4 3/4" in length and 3 5/8" in width. Both pieces are marked Van Briggle on the back side of the base and one has the 'Double A' company logo on the long side of the base. The underneath is covered with light gray felt material. The details on both are sharp with no cracks, chips or repairs.