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Ebony Hand Carved Wooden Elephant Bookends
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Nice pair of hand carved wooden ebonized elephant bookends. One of the elephant is missing one tusk. These are hand carved and therefore not completely identical, circa 1950 Handcra...
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Early 20th Century Indian Anglo Raj Bookends

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Wood

Hand Carved Wooden Balinese Busts Bookends
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage midcentury hand carved ebony wooden Balinese bookends. Hand carved sculpture in wood depicting a Balinese couple. Bust of a man and women in Art Deco style sculpture wearin...
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Mid-20th Century Balinese Tribal Sculptures and Carvings

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Wood

Midcentury Danish Wooden Bookends
Located in Vienna, AT
Made of painted wood in Denmark in the early 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Teak

  • Midcentury Danish Wooden Bookends
  • Midcentury Danish Wooden Bookends
  • Midcentury Danish Wooden Bookends
  • Midcentury Danish Wooden Bookends
H 9.06 in. W 5.91 in. D 5.12 in.
Pair of Burmese Wooden Bookends or Busts
Located in New York, NY
Wooden bookends/busts in the likeness of Myanma (Burmese) women, wearing traditional head covering and brass neck coils.
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20th Century Burmese Tribal Bookends

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Wood

  • Pair of Burmese Wooden Bookends or Busts
  • Pair of Burmese Wooden Bookends or Busts
  • Pair of Burmese Wooden Bookends or Busts
  • Pair of Burmese Wooden Bookends or Busts
H 5.5 in. W 2.75 in. D 4 in.
Angular Inlay Patterned Wooden Bookends with Metal Slide
By Don S. Shoemaker
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Angular inlay patterned wooden bookends with metal slide - a wonderful pair, in the Manner of Don Shoemaker - an array of patterns and solid pieces ready to show off the shelf or tab...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Rosewood

Hand Carved Terrier Wooden Bookends by Dörsch Oberweid, Germany
Located in Barntrup, DE
A charming pair of wooden bookends with carved figurines of Scottie dog terriers by Dörsch Oberweid, Germany, 1950s. These adorable bookends will make a wonderful accent on a booksh...
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Vintage 1950s German Art Deco Bookends

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Wood

Pair of French Art Deco Era Hand Carved Wooden Bookends
Located in Arles, FR
A good quality pair of French hand carved wooden bookends. These beautiful French Art Deco era handcrafted bookends will look great displaying your's or your child's favorite boo...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Bookends

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Walnut

Rare Pair of French Art Deco Hand-Carved Wooden Bookends, Elephants
Located in Arles, FR
A fantastic quality pair of French hand-carved wooden bookends. Made with rare palmwood. These handcrafted bookends will look wonderful to display your favorite books on a nightst...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Bookends

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Palmwood

Gilded Wooden Friezes as Bookends
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
Antique gilded wooden friezes, also for bookends mounted with plexiglass. Interesting price for closing activities. O/6841 -
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Antique Late 18th Century Italian Louis XVI Bookends

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Wood

  •  Gilded Wooden Friezes as Bookends
  •  Gilded Wooden Friezes as Bookends
  •  Gilded Wooden Friezes as Bookends
  •  Gilded Wooden Friezes as Bookends
H 10.63 in. W 4.73 in. D 4.73 in.
Gilded Wooden Obelisks for Bookends
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
Antique gilded wooden Italian obelisks, mounted with plexiglass, also for bookends. (much gold tickness) - Interesting price for closing activities. O/32.
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Bookends

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Wood

  • Gilded Wooden  Obelisks for Bookends
  • Gilded Wooden  Obelisks for Bookends
  • Gilded Wooden  Obelisks for Bookends
  • Gilded Wooden  Obelisks for Bookends
H 12.6 in. W 4.73 in. D 4.73 in.
Pair of French Art Deco Period Hand Carved Wooden Bookends, Natural Walnut Wood
Located in Arles, FR
A nice quality pair of French Art Deco period bookends. These handcrafted bookends are perfect to display your favorite books on a nightstand, mantel, dresser or shelf. Made with a...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Bookends

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Walnut

Hand Carved Wooden Sculpture Bookends Two Reading Men
Located in Barntrup, DE
These beautifully hand carved wooden bookends feature sculptures of two sitting and reading man, an older and younger man that could be a teacher and a student. Both sit leaning on s...
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Vintage 1950s German Black Forest Bookends

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Wood

Hand-Carved Wooden Sculpture of African Buffalo Bookends
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Hand-carved wooden tribal sculptures of African buffalo bookends. These are hand-carved and therefore not completely identical, Size for each piece is 7 in H x 6 in W x 3.5 in D. Tri...
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20th Century Ivorian Tribal Bookends

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Wood

Hand Carved Wooden Don Quixote and Sancho Panza Sculpture Bookends
Located in Barntrup, DE
These masterfully hand-carved wooden bookends feature the main characters of the famous Spanish novel "The Ingenious Nobleman Sir Quixote of La Mancha", or just "Don Quixote" by Migu...
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Vintage 1930s European Art Deco Bookends

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Wood

Rare & All Hand-Carved Wooden 1950's Fifties Soccer / Football Shoes Bookends
Located in Lisse, NL
Highly decorative and coolest ever, soccer shoes bookends. All handcrafted from wood and wrought iron these highly decorative bookends come with wonderfully carved soccer shoes. The...
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Mid-20th Century European Bookends

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Wrought Iron

Hand Carved Medieval Style & Excellent Condition Wooden Canon on Wheels Bookends
Located in Lisse, NL
Good size and striking pair of handcrafted canon bookends. Nobody in his right mind will like warfare, but there is something so cool about the shape and the look and feel of Mediev...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Medieval Bookends

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Metal

Pair of Wooden Art Deco Butcher Block Bookends with Integrated Table Light
Located in Lisse, NL
Coolest ever pair of bookends for butchers. These Art Deco bookends from the 1920s can almost only have been made for, or commissioned by a butcher(s family). With the individual wo...
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Early 20th Century European Art Deco Bookends

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Metal, Brass

Arts & Crafts Pair of Wooden Dice with Metal Nails Bookends for The Gamblers
Located in Lisse, NL
Rare and highly decorative pair of antique bookends for the gambling man. These handcrafted bookends from the earliest years of the twentieth century are practical in size and they ...
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Early 20th Century European Arts and Crafts Bookends

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Metal

Pair of Irish Linen Wooden Bobbins Spools Machinery Rustic Relic
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Pair of Irish linen Wooden Bobbins spools machinery rustic relic This exquisite wooden spool, or bobbin, is a lovely vintage relic of traditional Industrial equipment originally f...
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Early 20th Century Unknown Bookends

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Wood

Indonesian Wooden Owl Bookends
Located in Delft, NL
Indonesian wooden owl bookends The Art Deco influence on Indonesian wood carving from the European are these beautiful hand carved wooden owl bookends, made during the 1930s-1940s...
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20th Century Indonesian Sculptures and Carvings

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Wood

  • Indonesian Wooden Owl Bookends
  • Indonesian Wooden Owl Bookends
  • Indonesian Wooden Owl Bookends
  • Indonesian Wooden Owl Bookends
H 6.42 in. W 4.34 in. D 3.94 in.
Art Deco Stylish Pair of Wooden Mounted Golfing Bookends
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Stylish pair Art Deco stained wooden bookends mounted with enameled brass golfing figures dating from circa 1925. These stylish bookends are made up of two carved blocks of wood join...
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Vintage 1920s British Art Deco More Desk Accessories

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Hardwood

Art Deco Bronze Bookends Deer Sculpture with Wooden Base, circa 1920s
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Art Deco bookends slim deer sculpture with wooden base. They have the Hagenauer style. Art Deco dark green patinated bronze leaping deer bookends Unsigned.
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20th Century French Art Deco Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Large & Impressive Hand-Carved Wooden Pair of Fighting Ram Sculpture Bookends
Located in Lisse, NL
Rare and good quality carved ram bookends. Anyone who has ever witnessed two rams taking each other on in a battle for dominance, knows the amount of force that goes into these f...
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Early 20th Century European Art Deco Animal Sculptures

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Wood

One Pair of Charming Wooden Shoe Moulds Mounted as Bookends Great Character.
Located in Buchanan, MI
One pair of charming wooden shoe moulds mounted as bookends, comes with four leather bound books. Feel free to call with further questions.
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Antique 19th Century American Folk Art More Desk Accessories

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Steel

Highly Decorative Pair of Hand-Carved Art Deco Era, Wooden Sitting Bear Bookends
Located in Lisse, NL
Rare and nice quality carved sitting bear bookstands. These hand-carved bears with their curiously looking eyes are beautiful in both shape and color and they are a joy to own and ...
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Early 20th Century European Art Deco Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Pair of Hand-Carved Wooden Bookends
Located in Atlanta, GA
Friendly pair of vintage hand-carved bookends made of wood and having three different wood finishes. Each has a stylized carved gazelle, one seated and one standing, on top of a carv...
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Mid-20th Century Kenyan Baroque Bookends

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Wood

  • Pair of Hand-Carved Wooden Bookends
  • Pair of Hand-Carved Wooden Bookends
  • Pair of Hand-Carved Wooden Bookends
  • Pair of Hand-Carved Wooden Bookends
H 6 in. W 5.25 in. D 3 in.
Antique Bookends, Seven Pair of English Wooden Animals
Located in Port Chester, NY
Bookends-two pair of elephants, birds, three sets of dogs, and a pair of cats. (No partridge in a pear tree.) This collection of seven sets are so cute, hand-carved, some with littl...
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Vintage 1930s English Bookends

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Wood

Pair Brass Horse Head Bookends On Black Wooden Base
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Substantial Horse head book ends on Black - great for the equestrian enthusiast
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20th Century American Bookends

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Brass

Oberammergau Pair of Carved Wooden Hand Bookends, Bavaria Post, 1940
Located in San Francisco, CA
Wonderfully detailed pair of carved wooden hand bookends. Carved of walnut, marked Obermmergau.
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Mid-20th Century German Bookends

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Walnut

CARVED WOODEN SPHINX 1920'S
Located in New York, NY
These are a fun pair of Sphinx . They are carved wood from the first quarter of the 20th century. They are great decoration bookends etc.
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Early 20th Century American Bookends

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Wood

Hand-Carved Wooden Elephant Bookends, circa 1950
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Nice pair of hand-carved wooden elephant bookends. One of the elephant is missing his tusks. These are hand-carved and therefore not completely identical, circa 1950 Size for each ...
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20th Century Indian Anglo Raj Animal Sculptures

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Wood

Hand-Carved Wooden Mid-Century Antelope Sculptures Bookends
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Nice pair of hand-carved Mid-Century Deer Antelope bookends Pair of carved wood bookends of African antelopes. These are hand-carved and therefore not completely identical. circa 19...
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Mid-20th Century Kenyan Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ebony

Art Deco 20th century French Wooden Skiing Bookends, 1930s
Located in LEGNY, FR
Very nice 20th century French wooden skiing people bookends from the 1930s. Plastic Ski stik. Art Deco style. Nice quality.
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Danish Mid-Century Modern Wooden Bookends
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous and elegant Danish Mid-Century Modern bookends. Sleek and minimal design with lovely warm blood tones. Lined underneath and can be used on any surface.
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Modern Bookends

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Wood

Pair of French Art Deco Era, Wooden Bookends
Located in Arles, FR
A nice quality pair of French Art Deco period bookends. These handcrafted bookends can be positioned either horizontally or vertically to displace your favorite books on a nightsta...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Bookends

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Walnut

  • Pair of French Art Deco Era, Wooden Bookends
  • Pair of French Art Deco Era, Wooden Bookends
  • Pair of French Art Deco Era, Wooden Bookends
  • Pair of French Art Deco Era, Wooden Bookends
H 5.50 in. W 4.75 in. D 3.13 in.
Carved Wooden Figural Bookends
Located in Seattle, WA
Carved wooden figural bookends.
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Antique Late 19th Century Bookends

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Wood

  • Carved Wooden Figural Bookends
  • Carved Wooden Figural Bookends
  • Carved Wooden Figural Bookends
  • Carved Wooden Figural Bookends
H 10 in. W 7 in. D 7 in.
Pair of Near Antique Balinese Handcarved Wooden Bookends, Legong Dancers w. Fans
Located in Lisse, NL
Rare, very well carved and near mint condition, bookends. If you are looking for a pair of decorative, practical and very well crafted bookends then this rare pair could be gracing ...
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Early 20th Century Balinese Arts and Crafts Bookends

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Teak

Pair of Wooden Queen and King Bookends
By Evelyn & Jerome Ackerman
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of wooden Queen and King bookends in the style of Evelyn Ackerman.
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Vintage 1960s German Folk Art Bookends

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Wood

  • Pair of Wooden Queen and King Bookends
  • Pair of Wooden Queen and King Bookends
  • Pair of Wooden Queen and King Bookends
  • Pair of Wooden Queen and King Bookends
H 8.67 in. W 3.15 in. D 2.76 in.
Hand-Carved Wooden Don Quixote and Sancho Panza Bookends
Located in Lisse, NL
Nice carved, famous novel bookends. If you are looking for a pair of decorative, practical and well crafted bookends then this rare pair could be perfect for you. The taller and sl...
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Mid-20th Century European Bookends

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Wood

Pair of Hand-Carved Wooden Chinese Foo Dogs or Lions Bookends
Located in San Diego, CA
A very nice pair of vintage hand-carved Chinese foo dogs or lions bookends which I believe are hand-carved from rosewood. Excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Bookends

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Rosewood

Near Antique Hand Carved Wooden Don Quixote and Sancho Panza Sculpture Bookends
Located in Lisse, NL
Well carved and mint condition, famous novel bookends. If you are looking for a pair of decorative, practical and well crafted bookends then this rare pair could be perfect for you....
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Mid-20th Century European Arts and Crafts Bookends

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Wood

Near Antique Hand Carved Wooden Don Quixote and Sancho Panza Sculpture Bookends
Located in Lisse, NL
Rare, very well carved and mint condition, famous novel bookends. If you are looking for a pair of decorative, practical and very well crafted bookends then this rare pair could be ...
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Early 20th Century European Arts and Crafts Bookends

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Wood

Wooden Chess Pieces Book Ends
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Tired of playing games? Add these to your den or study, the pair of wooden chess pieces are form meeting function! Simple and elegant, adding a sense of style (and humor) in any den ...
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20th Century Bookends

  • Wooden Chess Pieces Book Ends
  • Wooden Chess Pieces Book Ends
  • Wooden Chess Pieces Book Ends
  • Wooden Chess Pieces Book Ends
H 7 in. W 5 in. D 4 in.
Hand-Carved Wooden Balinese Bookends
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage midcentury hand-carved wooden Balinese bookends. Hand-carved sculpture in wood depicting a Balinese couple. Dimensions: 7" H x 2.5" x 2.2".
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Mid-20th Century Balinese Tribal Sculptures and Carvings

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Wood

  • Hand-Carved Wooden Balinese Bookends
  • Hand-Carved Wooden Balinese Bookends
  • Hand-Carved Wooden Balinese Bookends
  • Hand-Carved Wooden Balinese Bookends
H 7 in. W 2.2 in. D 2.5 in.
Hand Carved Wooden Elephant Bookends, circa 1950
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Nice pair of hand carved wooden Asian elephant bookends. One of the elephant is missing his tusks. Fine detailed hand carved elephant bookends with tusk down, for Asian this repres...
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20th Century Indian Anglo Raj Animal Sculptures

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Wood

Large Hand-Carved & Painted Wooden Don Quixote and Sancho Panza Bookends
Located in Lisse, NL
Rare and quality carved, famous novel bookends. If you are looking for a pair of decorative, practical and well crafted bookends then this rare pair could be perfect for you. The t...
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Early 20th Century European Figurative Sculptures

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Wood, Paint

Wooden Bookends For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of wooden bookends available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique wooden bookends was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, metal and walnut. Wooden bookends have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century. Wooden bookends bearing Art Deco or Arts and Crafts hallmarks are very popular at 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Bookends for You

A good pair of antique, new or vintage bookends will look wonderful in your reading nook. And the need for these trusty home accents has stood the test of time, which means there are many different kinds to suit any design taste or furniture style.

Bookends weren’t created until the 1870s. Serving faithfully in the background, they went unobserved for a while. The authors of the Oxford English Dictionary report that the term “book end” didn’t appear in printed material until 1907. The primary function of bookends is to ensure that your books remain upright in your bookcase, but style and form have taken the lead over the years. Furniture makers have ensured that bookends demand as much attention as the books themselves. Indeed, while competing with carefully curated first editions or rows of colorful spines is no small task, plenty of bookends steal the stage.

If you’re looking to add a dose of intrigue or decorative flourish to your reading room that will be difficult to ignore, stone bookends and metal bookends can take on the appearance of small, provocative sculptures rather than functional accessories to keep your books orderly on your shelves. Depending on what kind of textures you’re thinking of introducing to your home office or study, a pair of brass bookends or a bronze set will pop against your dusty hardcovers and any decorative objects you’ve accumulated while working to style your bookcase. A pair of mid-century modern bookends carved from dark, exotic woods such as teak can also introduce warmth to a home office or study. While teak was a favorite of designers who worked with furniture in the mid-20th century, all manner of wood bookends have emerged over the years, with some woodworkers carving ornate patterns or figures into their pieces.

Bookworms, take note: You can find an extraordinary range of antique, new and vintage bookends for your dazzling book displays and bookshelves today on 1stDibs.