JB Hirsch Foundry Bookends Beethoven

We’re offering a full spelter metal casting pair of bookends painted gold on the entire figure, seat, sheet music and piano. The key board is celluloid which the JB Hirsch Foundry is noted for. The black base is spelter metal painted black. The bookends are signed JB H on the front of the piano and also signed by the sculptor J.Ruhl on the seat. They are in excellent condition with just a small loss of gold paint on the front of the piano.

The JB Hirsch story begins in 1907 with the New York Art Bronze Works in Manhattan’s lower east side. The founder of the company, Romanian metal smith, Joseph B. Hirsch, began importing pieces directly from French foundries. Around that period, foundries with close ties to the talented artists and sculptors of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, began producing their now famous works in “French Bronze.” Some of the finest talent throughout Europe trained at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, exhibiting their works at the Salon de Artistes and other great Salons in Paris, the center of the art world.

Between the wars, during the 1920s and 1930s, an entirely new modern style of decorative art emerged, using a combination of bronze and ivory. With the ban of ivory in the early 1930s, ivorine or celluloid (predecessor of plastic) was used in its place. The ivory or ivorine representing exposed flesh and the bronze or spelter representing clothing. The combination of “French Bronze” (spelter) and ivory or ivorine were fully exploited during the Deco period using events of discovery (opening of King Tut’s Tomb in the 1920s), celebrities, athletes (1936 Olympics), children, the fashions and costumes of the period by Erte and Gerdago, and dancers from the Ballet Russe.
The Beethoven bookends are 5 ½” high x 4 ¼” wide x 5 ½” deep and weigh 7 1/2lbs for the pair.


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Product Category: Bookends, Bronze & Brass

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