Antique Krupka Kathodian Bronze Kbw Gold & Copper Clad Asian Elephant Bookends For Sale
athodian Bronze was one of the turn of the century foundries that produced bronze clad pieces. These pieces were electroformed, a special technique that yielded some of the most outrageous designs during that era. These are simple, realist, animalist sculptures to whom the credit is given to an artist by the name of Krupka. Signed varieties of this design have been seen, but those were made by Armor Bronze. These date easily to pre 1920, and are a rare design that became the inspiration for many others. Depicted are large, asian elephants-pachyderms with slightly smaller ears. To many, this is a symbolic creature that deserves to be immortalized in an artist form. You will find these to be in good antique condition.It is worth noting, that during this foundry's existence, when resources were high, and profits substantial, more decadent pair were seen with trace amounts of precious metals such as gold and silver. This is one. When displayed, sitting in natural light,some untested carat amount of real gold is seen.The metal sheetshave aged quite a bit and the smooth natural green patina is taking over the golden bodies. You will find the metal to still be tight on the plaster core, but there is fine peeling in small amounts in the tender areas under the legs, one seems to have been waxed filled and colored to match. Look closely. Aside from that these remain a fine pair. These are a good size standing at 5 1/8” Long, just under 6” Tall. 6 lbs for the pair.
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