Art Deco Scottie Dog Bookends

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Art Deco Scottie Dog Bookends

£575.00

Antique Reference 2130

Pair of Art Deco bronze and onyx Scottie Dog Bookends

Description

A charming pair of Art Deco green onyx bookends with cold painted bronze Scottie dogs (Scottish Terriers) standing against a block of onyx. Very finely detailed and modelled. They are unsigned.  The bronzes are well cast with good hand finished detail to the dogs coats. The Scottie dog was very popular in the Art Deco period.

History

Art Deco, sometimes referred to as Deco, is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I Art Deco influenced the design of buildings, furniture, jewellery, fashion, cars, movie theatres, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners. It took its name, short for Arts Décoratifs, from the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes (International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts) held in Paris in 1925. It combined modernist styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials. During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.

Art Deco was a pastiche of many different styles, sometimes contradictory, united by a desire to be modern. From its outset, Art Deco was influenced by the bold geometric forms of Cubism; the bright colours of Fauvism and of the Ballets Russes; the updated craftsmanship of the furniture of the eras of Louis Philippe I and Louis XVI; and the exotic styles of China and Japan, India, Persia, ancient Egypt and Maya art. It featured rare and expensive materials, such as ebony and ivory, and exquisite craftsmanship. The Chrysler Building and other skyscrapers of New York built during the 1920s and 1930s are monuments of the Art Deco style.

Date c 1925

Condition Excellent original condition with very little wear to the cold painting. A couple of very minor scuffs to the onyx

Dimensions Approximate height 12 cm and 10 cm wide

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