Art Nouveau to Art Deco bronze or brass bookends depicting a well known image by artist George Frederick Watts and entitle "Hope". The original oil painting is exhibited at The British Museum of Art. Watts believed that the first objective of painting was moral improvement. He wished that his work might lead better ideas and nobler conceptions. "Hope" is one of his most popular works. It is simple, pure allegory, and successfully conveys some of the meaning which we ordinarily associate with the word. She could just as easily been called 'blind faith'. This part is signed iwth a large 'K' in the center of feathers and at the top there is what looks an 'E' with a 'K' on the other. Great piece!
CONDITION: The condition is excellent with no damage or repairs and with the gilding and polychrome accents very nicely intact.
SIZE: Each bookend is 6 inches high x 5 1/2 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches deep.
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