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Vintage Handpainted Bookends, Book Ends, Prayer
PAIR OF HEAVY, HANDPAINTED VINTAGE (1920'S TO 1930'S) CAST BOOKENDS MODELED TO RESEMBLE "THE ANGELUS, CALL TO PRAYER", A FAMOUS PAINTING DONE IN 1859 BY JEAN FRANCOIS MILLET, A FOUNDER OF THE BARBIZON SCHOOL OF PAINTING IN RURAL FRANCE. Each bookend shows a hard working couple with their heads bowed in prayer,the man has rested his pitchfork beside him so he can hold his hat, behind them is their plow, on the ground between them is a basket with their harvest, far in the distance is a white church with a steeple.
The bookends are handpainted in rich tones of blues and greens, the artist used a generous amount of gold accent paint. Each is in good condition, one appears to be a little lighter in color (probably fading from where it was setting) and one has a little more cracking in the paint, but 90% of the paint is on each one. The bottoms have old felt, one has been repaired with a piece of black tape. There is no obvious maker's mark, but in the center on the back of each is "6" or the letter "B". The backs are painted an old deep brown/red.
We have only lightly cleaned, I'm positive they would shine up more if that is your preference.
Each is 5"wide, 2 1/4"deep, 4 3/4"high and weighs 2 1/2 pounds. A magnet did not stick.
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