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The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”


     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.


     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Reggilibri Wooden Bookends by Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
An elegant wooden box with architectural lines, whose lid is made of two parts that meet to complement each other in a delicate embrace. Dimensions: 27 W x 14.5 D x 12 H cm.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

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Walnut

Kyuzo Bookends in Blue Cast Iron by Visibility
Located in New York, NY
Named after a character from Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 epic “Seven Samurai,” the Kyuzo collection is comprised of four desk and home accessories. Driven by material-ity, these objects pr...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookends

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Iron

Kyuzo Bookends in Blackened Cast Iron by Visibility
Located in New York, NY
Named after a character from Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 epic “Seven Samurai,” the Kyuzo collection is comprised of four desk and home accessories. Driven by material-ity, these objects pr...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookends

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Iron

Bookends in Maple and Brass
Located in Ridgewood, NY
Hand-turned bookstops in selectively ebonized walnut with brass detailing. These beautiful and functional book ends come in a hand rubbed oil finish and are also available in maple a...
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2010s American Modern Bookends

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Walnut

Bookends in Walnut and Brass
Located in Ridgewood, NY
Hand-turned bookstops in selectively ebonized walnut with brass detailing. These beautiful and functional book ends come in a hand rubbed oil finish and are also available in maple a...
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2010s American Modern Bookends

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Walnut

REmix vol. 5 Bookend Slightly
Located in Barcelona, ES
Lacquered beechwood and steel sheet base. A new edition to the REmix project (Vol.5) created by BD Barcelona Design with the aim of REcovering, REcycling and REusing obsolete materi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Bookends

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Wood

Remix Vol. 5 Bookend Curly
Located in Barcelona, ES
Lacquered beechwood and steel sheet base. A new edition to the REmix project (Vol.5) created by BD Barcelona Design with the aim of REcovering, REcycling and REusing obsolete materi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Bookends

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Wood

REmix vol. 5 Bookend Tootles
Located in Barcelona, ES
Lacquered beechwood and steel sheet base. A new edition to the REmix project (Vol.5) created by BD Barcelona Design with the aim of REcovering, REcycling and REusing obsolete materi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Bookends

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Wood

REmix vol. 5 Bookend Tiger Lily
Located in Barcelona, ES
Lacquered beechwood and steel sheet base. A new edition to the REmix project (Vol.5) created by BD Barcelona Design with the aim of REcovering, REcycling and REusing obsolete materi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Bookends

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Wood

In Stock in Los Angeles, Orange Rabbit Door Stopper / Bookends, Made in Italy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Type COLLECTIONI in the search bar to view 300 unique products like this one. Rabbit as a door stopper / bookends. A pop icon, a symbol of love and fertility, which brings good luck...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

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Plastic

In Stock in Los Angeles, Blue Rabbit Bookends / Door Stopper, Made in Italy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Type COLLECTIONI in the search bar to view 300 unique products like this one. Rabbit as a door stopper / bookends. A pop icon, a symbol of love and fertility, which brings good luck...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

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Plastic

Vintage Modern Acrylic Bookends
Located in New York, NY
A great pair of mid-20th century, 1940s-1960s, clear acrylic bookends with Modern edge and jewel-like design. Each measure: 6" H.
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Bookends

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Acrylic, Lucite

Felice Antonio Botta Italy Huge Lucite Bookends
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning geometric Lucite bookends designed by Felice Antonio Botta, Firenze, Italy. Elegant 1970s modernist shape with incredible "hollow circle in a square" carved design. Crystal ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Bookends

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Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Sculptural Pink Marble Stone Hand Bookends, a Pair
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Pair of two marble bookends in the shape of hands. Each piece is carved into a pink marble and features detailed carvings of the fingers and nails. The back side of each bookend is f...
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20th Century Mexican Modern Bookends

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Marble

Contemporary Handmade Brass Bookend "Hippos" in Ancient Greek Forms by Anaktae
Located in Athens, GR
Contemporary, handcrafted bookend, model "Hippos" in oxidized brass. This bookend is part of the "Althaea Series", a collection of four bookends in brass Inspired by ancient Greek sy...
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21st Century and Contemporary Greek Modern Bookends

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Brass, Brass

Fossiline Bookends Sculpture #2 by Nino Basso
Located in Milan, IT
An authentic, aesthetic and decorative piece which looks its age and speaks of the prehistoric past. It would look great on any library shelf or on a side table, lit by a lamp, in yo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

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Marble

Fossiline Bookends Sculpture #4 by Nino Basso
Located in Milan, IT
Ammonite Booksends sculpture is able to elegantly combine contemporary design with the authentic fossil shells that date back to millions of years ago. Design Center love the shape a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

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Marble

Fossiline Bookends Sculpture #3 by Nino Basso
Located in Milan, IT
A scrupulous stylistic research has been conducted in the creation of a precious collection, in order to maintain intact shapes and the natural colors of these fashinating testimonia...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

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Marble

Tanya Ragir "Bookends" Sculpture in Cast Stone
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A stunning sculptural pair of bookends designed and produced by artist, Tanya Ragir. They are fabricated in white cast stone in a limited edition of 25 but are also available in colo...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookends

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Cast Stone

Tanya Ragir "Bookends" Sculpture in Aqua Lucite
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A stunning sculptural pair of bookends designed and produced by artist, Tanya Ragir. They are fabricated in transparent aqua Lucite in a limited edition of 25 but are also available ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookends

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Lucite

1990 Andree Putman A Designer Apart Library or Coffee Table Book
Located in New York, NY
A very beautiful and timeless library or coffee table book about designer Andree Putman. 'Andree Putman, A Designer Apart', 1990, New York. "Andree Putman is a designer with her ...
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1990s Spanish Modern Bookends

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Paper

Pair of Art Deco Heron Bookends, France, 1920s
Located in Roma, IT
This pair of heron bookends is an elegant decorative object manufactured in France circa 1920s by an anonymous sculptor. White bronze bird-shaped bookends, made of plastic and gla...
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1920s French Vintage Modern Bookends

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Bronze

Flos Gaku Bookend in Black by Nendo 4.25" Width - 3.93" Height
Located in New York, NY
Flos introduces Gaku, a creative modular light set in an open ash frame by acclaimed design studio Nendo. A world of options opens up inside and outside the natural- or black-stained...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

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Plastic

Flos Gaku Bookend in White by Nendo - 4.25" Width - 3.93" Height
Located in New York, NY
Flos introduces Gaku, a creative modular light set in an open ash frame by acclaimed design studio Nendo. A world of options opens up inside and outside the natural- or black-stained...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

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Plastic

Bronze Bookends by Henry Wilson
Located in Geneve, CH
Fin bookends come in two sizes. Each are made, finished and polished in Sydney, Australia using sand-casted gunmetal bronze. Their weight and size can support the heftiest of edition...
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2010s Australian Modern Bookends

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Bronze

Pair of circa 1920 Austrian Vienna Cold Painted Bronze Bookends Hound & Foxes
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning pair of original circa 1920 Austrian Vienna cold painted bronze bookends depicting a hound going into a warren and fox and two cups c...
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1920s Austrian Vintage Modern Bookends

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Bronze

Bottle and Two Bookends, Londi for Bitossi, 1950s
Located in Roma, IT
A bottle and two bookends are a unique decorative object realized by the Italian ceramist Aldo Londi (1911-2003) for Bitossi during the 1950s. Beautiful and richly colored set com...
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1950s Italian Vintage Modern Bookends

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Terracotta

Contemporary Handcrafted Bookend "Keres" in Oxidized Brass by Anaktae
Located in Athens, GR
Contemporary, handcrafted bookend model "Keres" in oxidized brass with a curved contour. This bookend is part of the "Proetus Series", a collection of six bookends in brass. Variatio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Greek Modern Bookends

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Brass, Brass

Contemporary Handcrafted Bookend "Aether" in Oxidized Brass by Anaktae
Located in Athens, GR
Contemporary, handcrafted bookend model "Aether" in oxidized brass with a curved contour. This bookend is part of the "Proetus Series", a collection of six bookends in brass. Variati...
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21st Century and Contemporary Greek Modern Bookends

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Brass, Brass

Contemporary Handcrafted Bookend "Hybris" in Oxidized Brass by Anaktae
Located in Athens, GR
Contemporary, handcrafted bookend model "Hybris" in oxidized brass with a curved contour. This bookend is part of the "Proetus Series", a collection of six bookends in brass. Variati...
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21st Century and Contemporary Greek Modern Bookends

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Brass, Brass

Sarreid Spanish Modern Brass Duck Bookends
Located in New York, NY
Spanish modern pair of heavy brass bookends shaped as duck heads. The pair has labels on the bottom marked by Sarreid Ltd. and a stamp marked 'Made in Spain' as well as a smaller ill...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Modern Bookends

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Brass

Wrought Iron Walking Man and Shadow Bookends
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Wrought iron walking man and shadow bookends, each one with fine hand forged detail. The books in the listing are for display only and are not included.
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20th Century European Modern Bookends

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Wrought Iron

Blenko Sculptural Glass Wedge Bookends by Wayne Husted, Mid-Century Modern
Located in National City, CA
Mid Century Danish Modern Blenko Sculptural Cast Glass Handcrafted Wedge Bookends by Wayne Husted Vintage Modern Blenko Design. Extremely heavy Mid-Century Modern cast glass horsesh...
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1950s American Vintage Modern Bookends

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Glass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern "Dove" Form Bookends
Located in Doylestown, PA
A pair of Mid-Century Modern bookends in the shape of stylized doves, circa 1960.
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1960s Unknown Vintage Modern Bookends

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Ceramic

Fallon Marble Bookends
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The (wh)ORE HAüS STUDIOS small goods collection was made for those that wanted to experience the (wh)ORE HAüS brand without committing to our larger pieces. Our Fallon Marble Bookend...
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2010s American Modern Bookends

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Marble

French Black Granite and Glass Slab with Etching Bookends
Located in Atlanta, GA
Architecturally designed pair of bookends. Modernist shape builds with large round disk glass slab with clouds and dot etching. Base in black granite and large chromed metal wave. De...
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Late 20th Century French Modern Bookends

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Granite, Chrome, Metal

Opinion Ciatti Ombres de Chats #6 Bookend
Located in New York, NY
Ombres de Chats by Angelo Barcella are poetic objects, delicate table sculptures. Shadows of curious, busy, sore, angry or bored cats, instants which are made eternal when transforme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

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Steel

Opinion Ciatti Ombres de Chats #4 Bookend
Located in New York, NY
Ombres de Chats by Angelo Barcella are poetic objects, delicate table sculptures. Shadows of curious, busy, sore, angry or bored cats, instants which are made eternal when transforme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

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Steel

Opinion Ciatti Ombres de Chats #5 Bookend
Located in New York, NY
Ombres de Chats by Angelo Barcella are poetic objects, delicate table sculptures. Shadows of curious, busy, sore, angry or bored cats, instants which are made eternal when transforme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

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Steel

Opinion Ciatti Ombres de Chats #2 Bookend
Located in New York, NY
Ombres de Chats by Angelo Barcella are poetic objects, delicate table sculptures. Shadows of curious, busy, sore, angry or bored cats, instants which are made eternal when transforme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

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Steel

Pair of Burgundy Red Onyx Marble Bookends, circa 1970s
Located in New York, NY
A substantial and beautiful pair of burgundy red onyx marble bookends or decorative objects, circa 1970s modern. Colors include: shades of white, red burgundy, and a touch of gold. ...
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1970s Vintage Modern Bookends

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Agate, Marble, Onyx

Pair of Wrought Iron Bookends
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of wrought iron bookends, a wonderful pair with a slight twist to the iron at the top.
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20th Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Pair of Geometric Bookends in Lucite by Amparo Calderon Tapia for Cain Modern
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning and beautiful pair of geometric bookends in polished Lucite designed by Amparo Calderon Tapia for Cain modern, the pieces have wonderful shapes and look beautiful against th...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookends

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Lucite

Pair of Bronze Horse Head Sculptures Mounted on Bronze Bases, Signed and Dated
Located in Weston, CT
Beautiful pair of bronze horse head sculptures mounted on square bronze bases, very heavy. Both heads are signed and dated, Whinny '94. Fantastic patina. Can also serve as bookends.
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1990s American Modern Bookends

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Bronze

Hand Carved 1984 Sculpture by Greg Natale
Located in Sydney, NSW
A play in two parts. This functional sculpture is a reconfigurable decorative accent pitting the smooth, crispness of Bianco marble against the dramatic, intricate veins of Nero marb...
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21st Century and Contemporary Unknown Modern Bookends

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Marble

Pair of Frosted Acrylic Faces
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of frosted acrylic faces - a unique pair of 1/2 faces. The faces are heavy and work well as bookends or paper weights - originally manufactured to display accessories, now that ...
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20th Century Modern Bookends

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Acrylic

Pair of Bookends in Light Oak, circa 1960, Midcentury, Vintage Design
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
A pair of bookends in light oak, circa 1960, midcentury, vintage design.
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1960s French Vintage Modern Bookends

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Wood

Pair of Dog Bookends
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of dog bookends. A handsome and charming representation of a Dog. in the manner of John Dickson by use of a Gesso look. Great for any shelf or desk and especially suited for the...
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20th Century Modern Bookends

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Gesso

Pair of Ward Bennett Style Steel I Beam Bookends, 1970s
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Modern Ward Bennett style brushed steel and blackened iron bookends. Heavy. Sculptural. Stackable.
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1970s American Vintage Modern Bookends

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Steel, Iron

Aurora Pink Portal Glass Bookends, ANDREW HUGHES
Located in New York, NY
The Portal design is a simple exercise in optics and color. The Aurora color and reflective light are diffused by a surface etching on the top third of the interior of each bookend. ...
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2010s American Modern Bookends

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Blown Glass

Portal Clear Glass Bookends, ANDREW HUGHES
Located in New York, NY
The Portal design is a simple exercise in optics and color. The clear color and reflective light are diffused by a surface etching on the top third of the interior of each bookend. A...
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2010s American Modern Bookends

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Blown Glass

Vintage Pair of Dolphins Bronze Bookends
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage pair of bronze dolphins bookends. The dolphin figurines are displayed hovering a wave Size: each 10" height x 3" x 5". Weight: heavy: 5lbs. 8.
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Bookends

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Bronze

Pair Modern Black and White Marble Bookends, ca. 1970s
Located in New York, NY
A substantial pair of '70s Modern black and white marble bookends. Each measure: 6" H x 6" W x 2.25" thick
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1970s Vintage Modern Bookends

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Marble

Onyx Marble Bookends
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful and substantial pair of multicolored pastel onyx bookends in Demilune (halfmoon) form, circa 20th century. Each measure: 4" D x 6" W x 4" H  
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20th Century European Modern Bookends

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Marble, Onyx, Agate

Pair of Marble Bookends
Located in New York, NY
A pair of substantial marble bookends in the Modern style. Colors include: dark and light brown with traces of white. Each measure: 4" x 2" x 6" H      
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2010s Modern Bookends

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Marble

Steel Airplane Gear Bookends
Located in New York, NY
Modernist pair of bookends made from heavy stainless steel airplane parts or gears. A streamlined look give these a modern edge.
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20th Century American Modern Bookends

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Stainless Steel

1970s Italian Marble Bookends with Brass Tennis Racket Motif, Pair
Located in Richmond, VA
Listed is a stunning and substantial, pair of 1970s Italian marble bookends. The pair has brass tennis racket sculptures on each, perfect for any tennis enthusiast or sports den! Hea...
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20th Century Italian Modern Bookends

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Marble, Brass

Polished Brass Bull and Bear Bookends Paperweights
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Great on any desk the polished brass bull and bear on stitched leather stands bookends or paperweights. Great decorative brass book ends. Wall Street bull and bear broker decorative ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

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Brass

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