Nothing compares to the beauty of the Arts and Crafts Style, and these exquisite Roycroft bookends are a truly sensational example.
They are made of beautifully oxidized brass and feature the classic Roycroft hammered finish. These beauties date from the early 1930's.
Roycroft was a reformist community of artists and craftworkers founded in 1895, by Elbert Hubbard.
The community, based in East Aurora, New York, was so influential during the Arts and Crafts Era that the philosophy of the group was often referred to as the Roycroft Movement.
These bookends are beautiful and functional, with long brass "feet" that are slid underneath the books to keep them perfectly upright and in place.
As you can see, the front of each bookend has a wonderful hammered finish with wide strike marks. The tops bend, or rather, curl inward toward the front in a flower petal shape.
A stylized, repoussé three-petaled flower shape adorns the bookends slightly above center on the face. Each is embellished with a circular background filled with textural and dimensional stippling.
A line of long, repeating marks adorns the face about a quarter inch from the edge on both sides.
You will find the traditional Roycroft logo stamped on the top side of each foot along with the name "Roycroft". This is considered a later mark and dates from circa 1928 to 1938.
Both bookends show some minor wear including a few light surface scratches and small age spots.
They are both covered in a wonderful, rich patina garnered from years of age. This oxidization gives the hammered pieces a really fantastic uneven finish and adds to the dimensional look. The finish is Roycroft's Aurora Brown patina.
The underside of one bookend is lined with slightly worn green felt.
Overall, the bookends remain in very good vintage condition.
Measurements: Front measures 5 1/8" tall, Approx. 1mm-10mm deep, and 3 1/16"-3 5/8" wide, "Foot" extends 4 ¼" from front and measures 1mm thick and 3 ½" at widest point, 172 grams (each) Total weight: 344 grams (12.13 oz)