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Cat Bookend, One of Pair

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Copper-plated alloy
DATES 1930-1935
DIMENSIONS 7 3/8 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (18.7 x 11.4 x 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
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CAPTION Walter von Nessen (American, born Germany, 1889-1943). Cat Bookend, One of Pair, 1930-1935. Copper-plated alloy, 7 3/8 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (18.7 x 11.4 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 1994.156.4. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, CUR.1994.156.4-5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One of pair with 1994.156.5. Copper-plated copper alloy bookend in the form of an abstract startled cat standing on a rectangular base. The body/legs are made from a single piece of pipe about 3/4" in diameter bent into an inverted U-shape. A spherical head with large round eyes and two conical ears is affixed on the right side. The tail, joined to the body on the left side, is bent at a right angle away from the body, then points straight up. Underside of base covered with green felt.
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