A wall covered with books can be imposing but it might end up claustrophobic. Today, as in the jazz era, you want to gain some air and space in your apartment. Crammed bookshelves can be personalized with some genuine art deco bookends. Let’s have a look at the solution found eighty years ago.


Art deco adapted successfully to the new ways of life in the 20s and 30s. The Western world was more and more urban with much more reduced spaces to live in. Sculpture responded to the new needs without disruption.

Sculpture spread in a reduced scale. Although mantelpieces and showcases were still in use, the modern apartment did not leave many free corners to exhibit new collections. Shelves became the natural territory for figurines among which bookends could be useful as well as beautiful.

Themes evolved. There was still a living passion for animals, in the line of the French animaliers, but without the violence of the nineteenth century hunting scenes; Max Le Verrier’s bookends prefer watching to acting, holding powerfully our books, as if they were indeed guarding them and the whole room. Bouraine’s, edited very often by Max Le Verrier, looked more skeptical and ironic. Women, as in Pierre Le Faguays (aka Fayral), were no longer ethereal figures but liberated youngsters who danced and smoked in public publics.

Exoticism kept pervading everything. With the latest means of transport and open borders, distant lands—including their populations and animals—looked closer than ever. The privileged started travelling around the world. Colonies were rediscovering new horizons to their masters in their metropolis. This air of exclusive exoticism can be regained with some vintage bookends on your shelves. The stylization and primitivism of the 20s can add some precious drops to a modern art deco cocktail today.

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