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I got this a long time ago when I worked for a fancy antique/art dealer on weekends in the 1980s. The Art Nouveau period started late 1800s and went thru early 1920s. Not sure of exact dates with this, but know an antique from that time frame -- and quite the collectible. Beautiful ornate Art Nouveau lovely women book rack made of brass over cast iron, with original all brass slide bars that let you adjust the length of the unit to hold more or fewer books.

Popular design in the early 20th century, the book stand has very nicely detailed women on both ends surrounded by flowing Art Nouveau lines. The book rack measures approximately 6 1/2 inches wide x 4 1/2 inches high. I've seen these in 2 sizes -- and this is a smaller size -- and can fit anywhere. It can extend from 8 1/2 inches to 15 inches long. The brass slide bars are located on the lower part of the ends and a magnet sticks to the end pieces (most likely for weight) but does not stick to the connecting rods. This indicates that the end pieces are probably cast iron with a fine brass coating. The bookstand is in very good condition with minimal age wear.

I have not cleaned this -- just needs a good polishing! Again, wonderful condition for its age. One of my favorites. Saw on eBay and Ruby Lane for more than $150 so pricing the same since this is in wonderful condition.

Wonderful Condition - 1920s Art Nouveau Book End/BOOK RACK


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