These fine examples of Victorian brass bookends illustrate the talents of the foundries, which were not only able to produce remarkable and useful objects for the home in metal, but also make these objects into pieces of art. No landed gentry home or that of the upper-classes would have been without a good selection of brass doorstops, bookends, fireplace utensils and other items.
These doorstops are not only functional, but offer a romantic element in an unexpected place. Although not weighted with lead, they are quite being cast brass. They could also have functioned as fireplace decorations. The hunting dogs are very well modeled as they are pictured on a naturalistic terrain consisting of logs and fauna. The left dog appears to be a setter, while the other may be a hound. As they face one another, they make a nice pair.
The brass has acquired a beautiful soft patina as only the aging process of some 150 years can produce. It has obviously been lovingly polished for generations.
They are in excellent condition, especially considering their age and purpose. There is some old dirt and remnants of polish that have coagulated in the recesses, as well as some age wear to the brass, but this only adds to their decorative overall effect and antique character.
These doorstops are beautiful quality pieces of brass work produced during a time when the factories were supplying many of the useful features in a Victorian home, such as candlesticks, coal shuttles, buckets, horse brasses, lighting and the like.
Each measures 8-1/8 inches wide by 4-¾ inches high.