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"Sarsaparilla" Deco Designs Night Light-Bookend #328 / New York /Circa 1980

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    Posted 6 years ago

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    I picked up this neat little lamp at Volunteers of America yesterday. It has a metal extension on the bottom so it probably could be used as a bookend too as part of a pair. I love the Deco design and the back is clearly marked Sarsaparilla 1980. So it is a reproduction of a 30's Frankart piece. Arthur Von Frankenberg, the creator of Frankart, Inc. created many wonderful "Deco" pieces from sculptures to bookends and lamps. It's unfortunate that there is really so little information available about Frankart. You can purchase a reproduction of the Frankart 1930-31 catalog online from There are some very beautiful pieces in this amazing collection ( ) along with catalog pages. In the Frankart reproduction market the largest was Sarsaparilla Deco Designs, started by Les Sackin in 1976 and bought out by Appletree, Inc in 1997. Most of these reproductions are clearly stamped "Sarsaparilla". Recently, Les has resumed control of the company, now called Love of Money, Inc. and continues to offer a line of Frankart reproductions via catalog.

    Frankart Inc.

    Arthur Frankenberg began designing and producing bookends in New York City in 1921. In 1924, he, incorporated under the name FRANKART, INC. As a designer and sculptor, Frankenberg created some of the company’s most stylized Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces.
    After a dispute with his partners in 1930, he left the company, changed his name to Von Frankenberg, and founded QUOIZEL Metal Art Company. He took some of his designs with him to Quoizel, and placed them on marble or onyx bases, as the metal bases were already stamped with the Frankart name.
    Quoizel was in business for less than a year, closing in late 1931. Frankart closed in 1935. The bookends produced by Frankart during its brief history are models of simplicity with beautiful lines and contours. They are extremely popular with collectors.

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    1. sklo42 sklo42, 6 years ago
      So stylish.....beautiful lit and unlit!
    2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the "love" and nice comment sklo42 :)
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the "loves" Peasejean and eye :)
    4. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 6 years ago
      You are very welcome ...
    5. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Don't know why eye but my "follow" of your posts keeps dropping. I figured it's been a while since I've seen anything. No wonder..but all caught up now. You've been busy. Beautiful pieces as always. -Mike-
    6. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 6 years ago
      Mike ... Thanks ... It is hard to stay away from the thrifts with such beautiful things available ...
    7. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Amen :)
    8. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
      Gorgeous !!!!
    9. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks Mani :)
    10. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 6 years ago
      What a great lamp!!!
    11. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thank you Efes :)
    12. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      very beautiful Mike!!
    13. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks Sean... she is very charming :)
    14. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 6 years ago
    15. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thank you Roy :)
    16. bladerunner22 bladerunner22, 6 years ago
      Very nice, I remember looking at Sarsaparilla pieces such as the airplane lamp in 1980. Their pieces are nice and they were expensive back in 80, I remember !
    17. courtenayantiques courtenayantiques, 6 years ago
    18. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks Blade and Courtenay :)
    19. Gillian, 5 years ago
      Love of Money Inc. as you describe it is no longer in business. There is a company with the same name that has something to do with Casinos. No fair, I was looking forward to looking through the catalogue of repros.

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