This is a pair of bookends produced by the noted California artist and ceramicist Howard Pierce (1912 – 1994). Most of Pierce’s sculptures are familiar as brown and tan birds and mammals. His raccoons and quail are highly collected. These midcentury modern bookends show Pierce’s whimsical side which is usually seen only in private collections. An exotic human face colored dark chocolate is topped by a brown speckled tan asymmetric bobbed hair style.
Howard Pierce is remembered by the Joshua Tree, California community where he spent the last 25 years of his life. Click here to read an article from the Twenty-Nine Palms Historical Society on Howard Pierce.