Rare 1926 Art Deco Anderson Starr Wrought Iron Edgar Brandt Polar Bear Bookends For Sale
Up for sale are a pair of very rare Wrought Iron Polar Bear bookends, circa 1926. At first sight, one might think that these were made by the JF Company or Frankoma Pottery even given the heavy rustic look, but they aren’t. These were made by the Anderson-Starr Company, designed by E. Brandt, even better in some regards! This company made only a few bookend pairsbefore going out of business intheearly 30'sby the Great Depression. This is one of those collaborative crossoverdesigns that isn’t found easily; not in books, prints, or catalogues. These are special in that they were foundry produced, but designed by a master sculptor, Edgar Brandt. These go unsigned by the artist, but coordinating pieces do exist that were his entirely and were marked as he saw fit. It is also well known that Brandt would collaborate with foundries, makers, and designers for singular pieces when commissioned;these are one such example.Both are marked faintly, but clearly, A-S and No. 236.
You will find these to be in prime condition. What you see is the actual metal; the color variations are that of the metal(s) itself/themselves with hues of gold, silver, bronze, and soot; not an applied finish. To the touch, these are smooth and consistent throughout showing no signs of being inappropriately rubbed or poorly polished. No, this was intentional.It is worth clarifying that these are not entirely solid throughout. Yes, these are heavy and substantial, but were cast like most other pairs. Still, very rare.
In any event, these are extremely rare, and worth every cent! Here, the stylized aesthetic of Art Deco is captured.
Each piece is marked, as mentioned already, and stand at 4.5" Tall, 5.25" Wide, on bases 3.25" x 2.75" rectangular, and weigh about 6 pounds for both.
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On Aug-06-13 at 16:59:42 PDT, seller added the following information:
It has been brought to my attention that these are not just simply rare, but, incredibly rare.Found in the Collector's Encyclopedia of Bookends, are a pair of Butterflies, Brandt's Butterflies. Those,were produced in 1929, in the same tritonal wrought iron medium.At afine artssale house sale, the price realized was in excess of $23,000 just under a decade ago. Yes, $23,000.
It has been written, thatonly two (2) bookend pairs by this listed artist are on record. Remember, these Bears were manufactured by A-S, Anderson Starr; but also remember, that these were designed, sculpted, and executed entirelyby Edgar Brandt in small quantities at the height of his early success. I am certain.
For serious collectors, antique dealers,and art historians, earlier works are usually worth more regardless of whether the artists become famous or not, in this instance, Brandt did.
These are authentic period originals that will retain their value.
Last thing, the foundry that produced these, had a strict patent on this design, meaning that no one then, or in the future, could reproduce it, ever. Not so with Brandt's independent works as current productions are in circulation. Interestingly though,one did try to copy this 1926 design - Louis Vincent Aronson. Yep, in 1930 he and his foundry were successful in recreating a likeness of this design. Those were made of cast gray metal, a few grades down from wrought-iron, and titled,Classic Polar Bear. Those too, are rare, and have a been assigned a 5* rarity rating. This * notationindicates looselythat they had been seen only once in the attesting examiner's career. In any event, those serve as a testament to the likeability and appeal of the original design; a design that to this day, has yet to be forged, copied, or reproduced.
This isn't a fine sale house. Don't stress.This is .
Enjoy the sale!
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