We are offering a rare and highly desirable set of hammered iron bookends from the studios of Hugo Berger, known as Goberg. Over the years his owl motif has become one of his most desired subjects. He used the owl on candlesticks, bells, desk clips, and many other items. This is the only pair of bookends that we have seen in this form. Each bookend stands about 6 inches tall, is 5 inches deep, and 4 1/8 inches wide. The owls are complete on both sides so that they view correctly from either side. Many of his owl pieces have a finished front side and a lesser finished back side. Each bookend is in outstanding condition. They have the normal minor wear that is associated with age, but still maintain their original oxidized finishes. They do not appear to have ever been cleaned or polished and maintain their thin layer of original protective varnish. They are structurally sound with no loose parts or bends. Although neither piece has the Goberg signature, they are absolutely done by him and have all the qualities that are associated with his work. This is a marvelous and very exciting find. As display pieces they show very well, and are a wonderful set of bookends to top off your collection of rare books. Imagine them holding books on a Stickley library table!
Known primarily for his hammered iron pieces, Goberg (Hugo Berger) is best known for his wide-ranging variety of candlesticks and candelabras. His pieces are eagerly collected by people interested in the work of Stickley, Roycrofters, and other artisans of the Arts and Crafts era. Besides being considered a metal fabricator of Arts & Crafts pieces, Goberg is also closely associated with the German Jugendstil or Secessionist movement of the same time frame. Much of his work was originally sold from Liberty’s of London.
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