Antique Egyptian sphinx radio wireless telegraphy bookends, Roman Bronze Works For Sale
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Antique Egyptian sphinx radio wireless telegraphy bookends, Roman Bronze Works:
BEST BOOKENDS EVER!A whimsical yet profound expression of the timeless human spirit simultaneously embracing the ancient and the modern. Classical nudes using the mystery of the sphinx to pass flirtatious messages through the ether. The title of the work is, "The Wireless."This is such a wonderful blending of the eternal, unchanging face of ancient Egypt with the rapidly and ever-changing face of modern technology, as each was perceived in 1914, the year these bookends were produced. The artist is Ephraim Keyser, his name, the work's title and date cast between the male's feet. That middle line is the date Oct 1914 but looks like the last digits have been lost to wear. I have found an extract in the Catalogue of Copyright Entries, Works of Art, that identifies the work as copyrighted November 1, 1914.Hollow-cast in bronze, with an open back that was covered with a separate bronze plate. Foundry was Roman Bronze Works of NY, one of the most prestigious. Roman Bronze was a subcontractor of Tiffany Studios, and was the foundry of choice for such artists as Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, Daniel Chester French. Roman's name is cast into the bottom of the back plate of the female piece.Condition is excellent. No damage beyond some minor nicks and dings. Finish is a lovely, aged patina. Both male and female figures are secured firmly without wiggle. Both piece sit flat and stable.These are big: 8 3/8 inches tall; 6 inches side to side; 5 inches front to back. The male piece weighs in at a muscular 8 1/2 pounds; the female piece, a lady-like 8 pounds.Perfect gift for anyone inspired with a sense of wonder by history, art and technology.US shipping only. USPS priority. Insurance will be provided. I pack with care.
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