This striking paperweight came with us from France. It depicts a bird with a pointed beak in the process of catching a bird. The bird sits on a white marble base, that has the date 1828 and two initials etched in the bottom of the base. I believe this was once part of a larger sculpture and some ingenious Frenchman transformed it into a presse papier. The reason is that the bird seems to be lacking proper feet. Also the points of the beak have a curve that does not seem like it was intended. So it is a piece with a story and undoubtedly quite a history. It is brought to you as is. The quality of the bronze is remarkable with great detail to the feathers and the fish is also very detailed. The flaws are only obvious when pointed out. This bird will hold all your documents or grace a shelf very well.
Measurements are: base is 3” by 3”, overall height is 4 ½”.
Antique French Bronze Paperweight Presse Papier with Bird Catching a Fish