Presented is a pair of vintage plaster cast Benjamin Franklin bust bookends. Designed with a faux marble base and gold painted plaster by Borghese of Italy. Its simple elegance combines the stunning shine of the gold-painted bust with the classic marbled base design that has been popular since antiquity.
One of the most celebrated Founding Fathers in America, Benjamin Franklin was also a wildly popular figure in Europe. He served as America’s first ambassador and was beloved by the French people. Franklin’s likeness was a must-have among the upper classes in both America and France from the late 18th and into the early 20th century. A French fashion was even created after Franklin’s iconic style.
The bookends have a metal piece that extends underneath the books to provide further stabilization. The designer, Borghese, made ornately detailed and high quality bookends including these. Made to appear as if it were hand-carved wood, the plaster work is given an attractive patina to blend in with all of the best craftsmanship in a collection or to simply stand alone as a handsome work.
Overall good condition considering age. The plaster bookends designed by Borghese in the 20th century retain their overall charm. One Franklin bust has some chips in the plaster on the proper right shoulder. The backside of one base is slightly scuffed and the two metal pieces that stay underneath the books have some chips to the paint, but overall the works are in good condition and do not hinder the function of the bookends.
Dimensions: 9 ¾” H x 4 ¼” W x 5 ¾” D (each)
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