“The Thinker” Bronze Vintage Bookends

Aug 24, 2021. 15:23 UTC
“The Thinker” Bronze Vintage Bookends
United States of America


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These bookends are surprisingly heavy because they are made of strikingly thick solid bronze. These bookends both stand 5 5/8 inches tall and 4.5 inches wide. Also, they have a 2 inch depth when measured front to back. One of these ends seems to have acquired significantly more patina than the other over the years. They have never been cleaned besides the occasional feather dusting. The patina is clearly superficial however, if desired gone one could clean it off with basic supplies. I was told that this particular pair had been holding vigil in a man’s study since they were received as a gift in the early 1960’s. They sat securing a set of rare volumes on a shelf that was only accessible via a sliding ladder that was build into the shelves.



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Answered within 30 minutes
Aug 24, 15:53 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$100 - $150 USD

Suggested Asking Price

$150 USD
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Hi Bruce,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

After Rodin "Thinker" bronze bookends
Continental, 20th Century
Features two patinated bronze bookends depicting Rodin's classic "Thinker" bronze work. Further designed with intricate cast architectural column accents.
5 5/8 inches tall, 4 1/2 inches wide, 2 inches deep
CONDITION: one with verdigris (green) patina to lower register, the other with a warm golden patina
PROVENANCE: received as a gift
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

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Bruce holbrook Aug 24, 19:06 UTC

I am unable to locate any markings as they are.

Delia Aug 24, 23:36 UTC

Thanks, Bruce. I found this similar pair having sold recently at auction for $120 (https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/93246548_after-rodin-thinker-bronze-bookends)

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