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French Art Deco Bison Bookends
Circa 1930's, France

 

Fabulous pair of stylized, silver plated bronze figural bookends, 
depicting a pair of charging bull (male) Bison.
Beautiful, sleek design on raised metal bases. 
Mounted on the original black porto marble base.
Unsigned, but clearly made by a master of sculpting animals.

Dimensions (each):  5 1/2" wide, 4 3/4" high, 3 1/8" deep.

Condition: In excellent original condition.

Item # DADA22: Price: $ 2,500.
 

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Highly collectable and symbolic, Bison have been depicted in art since the cave man first drew them on the walls of their caves. Indian art and folklore have always paid a great respect to this powerful animal.

The bison has been used as a power symbol on everything from coins to flags, sports team logos and mascots, University symbols and in general, a symbol of the Great Plains.  Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming have adopted the animal as their official state mammal. Although the Bison population has decreased over the years, this pre-historic species continues to be the largest land mammal in Northern America and Europe.

Although this is likely a European pair of Bison, this pair of bookends would be a great gift for a deco collector who also happens to be a fan of the Buffalo Bills or one of the many sports teams that have chosen the bison as their mascot, including Bucknell University, North Dakota State University, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. In Canada, the bison is the official animal of the province of Manitoba and appears on the Manitoba flag. It is also used in the official coat of arms of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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