Global Art & Artifacts

Bernini. Elephant and Obelisk. Tall Modern Version Bookends. Pair.

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The Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini – commissioned by Pope Alexander VII – unveiled his masterpiece sculpture in the Piazza della Minerva in Rome in 1667.  It was an elephant on a pedestal with an obelisk on a platform on the pachaderm’s back.

This décor piece is certainly Bernini-esque (or in Italian:  -esco) with the same configuration . . . but different composition and size.   It is 26” tall!   The elephant appears to be cast in metal and the walnut-grained pedestal and obelisk are in wood and perhaps laminated.

Both are in excellent condition with felt bottoms.


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