This is an absolutely charming, very rare set of hand hammered iron and brass owl bookends crafted by the well-known arts and crafts artisan Hugo Berger, who worked under the name of Goberg. Any items that Goberg crafted with his owl motif are very popular and eagerly sought by collectors. These bookends each have a detailed and charming owl hammered out of iron with brass riveted eyes and a brass riveted beak. The bookends are each 4 ¼ inches wide, stand 4 7/8 inches tall, and the foot that sits underneath the books is 5 inches long. Both bookends are signed with the “HBV” logo that was often used by Goberg. In addition, both pieces are signed “Germany”. The bookends are in excellent condition. They are structurally sound with no bends or dings other than those created during their making. There is some surface pitting that is a result of when they were originally manufactured. The surfaces have mild oxidation which is consistent with aged iron work. We have applied a thin layer of conservator’s wax to the surfaces to inhibit the development of further oxidation. Overall, this is an outstanding set of bookends that will please the Goberg collector, bookend collector, or anybody looking for a wonderfully unique piece of handmade ironwork.
Here is your chance to pick up a wonderful piece of Goberg hand-wrought ironwork. Hugo Berger, working as Goberg, in Germany during the early 1900's was the epitome of the Jugendstil artist, the German equivalent of the Arts and Crafts movement that was so popular worldwide. Most of his work was sold throughout Europe with quite a few pieces being sold by Liberty’s of London. Very few of his pieces made it to the U.S. In recent years they have all become quite scarce.
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Goberg Hammered Iron Owl Bookends, Signed