A nice set of bookends in the figural form of the Lion of Lurcerne Monument. The Monument commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris. It is a rock relief in Lucerne, Switzerland, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and carved in 1820–21 by Lukas Ahorn, Mark Twain referred to it as the the most poignant monument ever created. The Bookends are well cast and are marked on the front "HELVETIORUM FIDEI AC VIRTUTI" which means "To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss". The Lions are cast spelter and the pedestals are cast iron, both retain the original patina bronze finish. Each Lion Bookend measures 7 3/8" wide x 3" deep x 5" high, they are very heavy at over 10 1/4 pounds for the pair making them perfect for hard cover books. The Lion of Lurcerne Bookends are both decorative and functional, they would be perfect in a Library or Military related collection.
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