This is a pair of patinated cast bronze fish bookends in dramatic baroque pose, balanced on a scallop shell, and mounted on a cylindrical base of green onyx sandwiching a central stratum of black marble. Each base has a flattened side.
Bookends offer a lovely excuse to add sculpture to a bookshelf. The art deco period produced bookends that far surpassed their function, creating standalone art. This is a particularly striking set with the unusual stonework base.
6 inches tall.