A very nice depiction of the mythological protagonist of Leda and the Swan. A brief summary of the context of the sculpture is the myth where Zeus disguises himself as a swan and seduces Leda, wife of Tyndareus the king of Sparta. Her most notable children from this affair are Helen of Troy, Clytemnestra the wife of Agamemnon, and Castor and Pollox/Polydeuces, who become the Gemini constellation with the help of Zeus. Cast iron with ‘copper flashing’ (copper added to finish to give appearance of bronze). No markings on the pair to indicate the maker.
For more information see:
"Leda and the Swan." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 27 Aug. 2015. Web. 28 Sept. 2015.
Name: Leda & the Swan
Date: ca 1925
LKCD#: 1861 (LKCD# refers to the Plate# of this set in Collectors Encyclopedia of Bookends)
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Rarity ratings are as per Collectors Encyclopedia of Bookends, Kuritzky L and De Costa C, Collector Books, (Publishers) 2006
1-2 VERY COMMON: Consistently available online or in antique malls at all times
3 COMMON Available with regularity, typically seen several times each week online; found with ease in malls or shows
4 UNCOMMON:In online sales, may be seen as often as several times per month. Sporadically found at shows or shops
5 RARE: In online sales, seen only a few times per year. Seen at shows and antiques shops rarely
5* SINGULAR: The pair has only been seen once by the authors