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This very rare set of sculptural bookends are an original design by Tess Razalle (American, 1888-1972), a California artist, c1915-20. They appear to be a Roman or Greek God & Goddess set. They measure a large 8" high by 8" long by 6" wide for the man, the woman's dimensions are the same except for her height, which is 7.5" high. This beautiful bookend set is fully bronze-jacketed over a sculptural material, likely a plaster composition, which is how most bronze-jacketed bookends were made during the early 20th century. A magnet does not attach, so it is a bronze-jacket. Tess Razalle, whose mother was an artist, is well-known for her art, particularly oils, illustration and sculpture, although her sculptural pieces are very scarce, if not rare. This set is well-signed by Razalle on the bronze surface 'Tess Razalle', along with the copyright 'C' in a circle. They both bear their prize 'artist palette' paper label, which reads 'This is an original and copyrighted by TRazalle Art Studio', 'Top Floor, 254 S. Bdwy.', 'L.A, CAL.'. One label has $50/pair, the other $25/each in pencil. The labels are intact, but the man's label is more worn. The faces have fine blush handpainting, simply a beautiful set of sculptural bookends by a wonderfully talented artist. They are in time-worn condition, but intact with normal handling wear from the last more than 100+ years. The bronze-jacket remains supple and cool to the touch. The polychrome colors are worn, but have acquired a beautiful patina. There are some minor areas of oxidation, but no obvious fractures to the jackets. This set presents beautifully. Tess Razalle married She married Fred William Carter, a photographer. Her legal and married name was Teresa Sylvia 'Tess' Razalle-Carter. This set of bookends was likely produced before she married, as it appears she changed her name upon her marriage to Carter. These are clearly identified as being made in Los Angeles, while later pieces were produced in Santa Monica. There are no dates that I can find, but I think earlier than later. A great site online 'antiquersdotcom' documents what is known about her career better than most. They share lots of accomplishments and art imagery by this wonderfully successful artist. I hope these bookends find a forever home with a collector who appreciates Tess Razalle-Carter's contributions to the art movement in California in the early 20th century. Her art is truly wonderful.

Tess Razalle-Carter God & Goddess Bronze-Jacketed Sculptural Bookends

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