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.
Arts & Crafts Reflections