Well, I don’t actually know that she is supposed to be Cleopatra, but she is sitting on the throne, wearing the pharaonic headress (and nothing else), so she must be the queen. She has her foot on a ball, representing sovereignty over the world. Probably mid-1920’s when the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922 set off another wave of Egyptian Revivalism in the decorative arts. But she is my favorite of the various pharaoh bookends produced in that period. Bronze-clad, a manufacturing process by which a skin of bronze was deposited on a plaster form through electro-plating. A handful of companies used this method in the early 1900s to make decorative household objects that had the look, feel, and heft of solid bronze yet were still affordable by the middle class. No maker’s mark (there would have been foil labels on the bottoms) but my guess is P. Mori & Son, Inc, established in 1889 and operating in NYC under the trade name Galvano Bronze. No breaks in the cladding, no big dents, no mashed corners on the bases, just a few small dings and nicks. Paint is original and still mostly intact. Fun to note that on the piece on the right, the painter lost track of which decorative bands on the back of the throne got which colors. There is some chipping and wear consistent with age and use. Both pieces sit flat and stable. 7 inches tall; 4 1/4 inches across the base at the back; 3 1/2 inches front to back. Weighing 2 1/4 pounds EACH PIECE. Perfect gift for the dominatrix in your circle. I pack with care. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Bookends”. The seller is “joncris4q8″ and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Handmade: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Featured Refinements: Bronze-clad Bookend
- Modified Item: No
- Type: Bookends