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Paws for thought: bronze Scottie dog bookends sell for $6,000

A pair of bronze Scottie dog bookends sculpted by famed animal artist Marguerite Kirmse (1885-1954) have sold for $6,000 on AbeBooks. They are the most expensive bookends to ever sell on AbeBooks and were the 10th most expensive item to sell on the marketplace in July. The Scottie pictured to the right is signed by Kirmse.

The English-born artist contributed drawings and etchings to many magazines and books, including Eric Knight’s classic children’s story, Lassie Come Home. Her prints and illustrated books are very collectible.

Kirmse lived in Connecticut where she raised Scottish Terriers with her husband George W. Cole. They also bred Airedales, Irish Terriers and other breeds. Kirmse was often drawn to hunting dogs and this is reflected in her art. Dogs in the Field, a limited edition book produced by Kirmse in 1935, offered many studies of hunting dogs in action and is treasured by collectors of canine art. Only 685 numbered copies were printed.

Although etchings were her forte, she began to sculpt dogs in bronze in the 1920s. Lassie Come Home was published as a book in 1940 with the movie version following three years later. Kirmse’s artwork adorns the memorable front cover.

A 1940 first edition of Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight featuring artwork by Marguerite Kirmse

FoxhoundA 1931 print of a foxhound etching produced by Marguerite Kirmse

The FoxA 1931 print of a fox etching produced by Marguerite Kirmse

Tyke the Little Mutt by Dorothy L’Hommedieu and illustrated by Marguerite Kirmse

A 1926 first edition of My Friend, The Dog by Albert Payson Terhune illustrated by Marguerite Kirmse

Posted by on August 7, 2014.

Categories: AbeBooks, Animals, art, Dogs

2 Responses

  1. I have a single bookend, not sure what happened to the other in the pair…It is signed by the artist and has “Gorham Foundry” on it as well. Any idea what it might be worth? Or is there a way to get in touch with the buyer of this pair to see if he/she is interested? Thanks~ :)
    Katie

    by ISBN on Sep 29, 2014 at 8:34 am

  2. A single bookend? That’s like a single cufflink! I hope the other finds its way home.

    We’ve no items for sale on the site by the Gorham Foundry. Who’s the artist? I think your best bet is to take it to an antiques dealer for advice. Though you are also welcome to try to sell it on AbeBooks. We’re legally not able to release buyer information, however.

    by Beth Carswell on Oct 1, 2014 at 9:49 am

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