Arts & Crafts Reflections

09 Jun
Photo of Arts & Crafts Wood & Leather Bookends

For “The Gentleman’s” Library

There are numerous wooden bookends that were made in Arts & Crafts style, but most of them were simple, unadorned, polished blocks, generally of a heavy, hard wood like oak or mahogany.  This pair is unusual because it gives us a picture and shows several of the most characteristic items of Arts & Crafts genre.  The wood is quarter sawn oak, the favorite wood for Arts & Crafts furniture in the early twentieth century.  The picture is hand-painted leather.  There are pyramidal brass tacks at the corners of the leather.  Leather, hand painting, and brass tacks speak to the genre.  The subject  is a group of books, a pipe for smoking and a humidor for tobacco.  Books and pipe represent the intellectual flavor that became associated with Arts & Crafts philosophy.  Each bookend is 5.5 inches tall and has a metal foot behind.  We found these bookends in an antique shop in San Diego.  We will probably never see another pair like this.

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Posted by on June 9, 2012 in Arts & Crafts


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