Delightful and rare set of Pompeian Bronze bookends by sculptor Laura Archibald entitled "Top O' The Morning." They show a young girl with arms outstretched wearing a blowing cape and a big smile, standing on a world globe which is emerging from a book-form base. "Top O' The Morning" is on raised letters on the globes. These date to circa 1920. They stand approx 7" tall and 4" wide. Fully signed on the back. There's a slight variance in the height due to mold differences (one girl is leaning slightly more forward). Made using the difficult and costly bronze clad method in which the metal was deposited electrically on a plaster or ceramic figure that had a metal electrode implanted. This used costly materials and took considerable time, but it produced some of the most highly detailed and most desirable bookends that are much sought by collectors today. Condition is just about mint: there's one dent to the top edge of one book as shown in the photo, but other wise no damage and they retain their wonderful original patina. No scratches or areas or wear. These are scarce and desirable and rarely emerge from collections to be available on the open market.
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