Vintage Frankart bookends

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2015-06-26 10:32:06

Vintage Frankart bookends are bookends produced by Frankart in the 1920s and 1930s.

Background and Description

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.

Collecting vintage Frankart bookends

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, Quoizel.

They can be found on auction website such as eBay, in antique stores, at flea markets, at car boot sales, etc .

It must be noted that some replicas are reproduced, albeit from the original moulds. However, these would not constitute genuine vintage Frankart bookends, and would not be as valuable in the long term.

Value

Frankart bookends can sell for anything between $15 and $3,500 on auction websites such as eBay. This may depend on the rarity of the particular design.

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