Posted 4 years ago
Another great find from Volunteer's of America today. I did not see the makers mark until I got out in the bright sunlight and even then was still unable to read it as it's stamped very faintly on the base. Checking online for deer bookends brought up the exact same pieces and the name FrankArt. The stamped marking says "Frankart Inc. Pat. Applied For. So I knew these were going to be a score. I really love the design and they are made of nice heavy brass. A bit dark with age and rough but I see no point in cleaning the patina off them. It would only devalue them and I certainly wouldn't want to do that. All I did was re-glue one of the felt bottoms that was coming off. I noticed the bases are hollow but the deer are solid brass and held to the base with two small nuts by the rear legs where the support is. These were wrapped together with packing tape for the princely sum of five dollars ! -Mike-
Courtesy of justcollecting.com
Arthur Frankenberg began designing and producing bookends in New York City in 1921. In 1924, he established the company Frankart Inc. After a dispute with his partners, he left the company in 1930, and established Quoizel Metal Art Company. He took some designs with him, placing them on bases made of marble or onyx to conceal the Frankart maker’s mark they were already stamped with. However, Quoizel closed after less than a year, in 1931. Frankart closed in 1935.
Frankenberg’s bookends were classic Art Deco designs, simplistic, typically modern, with beautiful contours and lines. They were made of metal, usually brass, or cast aluminium with a brass patina or bronze finish.
There is a large collecting market for vintage Frankart bookends, among both bookend collectors and Art Deco collectors.
The fact that they were only produced for a very short time makes them scarce and desirable. The designs that Frankenberg took with him from Frankart to Quoizel are particularly rare, such as the Scotty Dog and Retro Scotty.
Genuine Frankart bookends will be signed Frankart Inc Pat Applied For, or the rare designs that Frankenberg took with him when he left, are simply marked Quoizel.