This attractive pair of elderly monks reading and dozing caught our eye. We have never seen these bookends before. Usually, when we see a new pair we can make an educated guess regarding the foundry or the age or the country of origin. However, we have no experience with porcelains. This pair seems unusual, although the subject material is a favorite for Arts and Crafts style.
We do not know any other bookends which resemble these. The bookends were probably slip cast, but there is no expected hole in the bottom. Two molds were necessary for this pair because the monks are different, so the bookends were fashioned with care. Both bookends are signed (impressed) but only the first three letters – “Bar”- are legible. On the side of the dozing monk there is an impressed mark, probably a shop mark, a conjoined “AR.”
Perhaps some of our viewers can give us some information regarding these bookends.