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.