Antique Bookends Angelus Call to Prayer Handpainted Cast Iron
>This rare set of antique cast iron bookends is based on Millet's "The Angelus" in high relief with original multi-color polychrome handpainted artwork.
> Jean-François Millet painted "The Angelus" in the mid 19th century, and it has been a worldwide favorite ever since. The scene depicts a peasant farmer and his wife in a field, heads solemly bowed in prayer, with a basket of potatoes at their feet. The farmer holds his hat in his hands, and the wife's hands are folded in prayer.
> This set of bookends is unusual in that it features many colors of original paint, including brown, gold, dark and light blue, black, white, gray, maroon and several shades of green. Backs are painted white. No felt on the bottoms, which are very smooth.
> Each bookend weighs 28 ounces and measures 4.75"x4.75" with a 2" base.
> There are no apparent manufacturer or artist's markings on the set. Set is known to be at least 60 years old, with one owner during that period, and is believed to be much older, probably dating to the 1920's.
CONDITION: Clean and rust-free. Paint is all original, and more than 95% intact, with minor and dispersed small chips or wear as may be expected given the item's age. Magnet adheres tightly to the pieces, which are all cast iron.
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