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Kathodian Bronze Works "Gladiator" Bookends Model #524, 1914-16

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Posted 6 years ago


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The Kathodian bronze works produced mainly figurative and decorative art metal bronzes, such as bookends and small sculptures. Works produced by Kathodian Bronze works of New York are sometimes marked KBW ( see 4th picture above) and made c. 1914-1916, as production halted because of a Wall St. scandal and went bankrupt and out of business by 1917.

From and Inquiry to Eileen Solar
"The Gladiator was copyrighted by KBW on July 23, 1914, giving credit to J. Renfrew Dean as the sculptor. Dean was
probably KBW's chief mold maker. The copyright entry describes: "The Gladiator", Statuette of nude muscular man in fighting attitude,
designed as a book-rock. They are listed in an old KBW catalog from 1915.
They are a beautiful example of KBW's short history. They were out of business by 1917 -- bankrupted by a Wall Street scandal.

They sort of remind me of August Rodin's 1921 masterpiece "The Thinker" in a different position.

From ads that ran in the New York Times, Century Review, and The Literary Digest, as early as 1914, Kathodion Bronze Works, from their location at 501 Fifth Avenue in New York, was selling a high-end line of Artbronz Products’ distinctive gifts and decorative household items which included book rocks, boudoir lamps, ashtrays, paper weights and statuary.

Although not technically Art Deco these bookends exhibit the style and abstract lines that was to become the Art Deco Movement.


  1. Thomas Samek, 6 years ago
    did KBW only make articles in full bronze or did they make ones of bronze clad?
    Best regards
  2. rlwindle rlwindle, 6 years ago
    These two are clad, one has some problem spots.

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