Walter von Nessen (American, born Germany, 1889-1943). <em>Cat Bookend, One of Pair</em>, 1930-1935. Copper-plated alloy, 7 3/8 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (18.8 x 11.5 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 1994.156.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.1994.156.4-5.jpg)

Cat Bookend, One of Pair

Artist:Walter von NessenChase Brass & Copper Co., Inc.

Medium: Copper-plated alloy

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Dimensions: 7 3/8 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (18.8 x 11.5 x 6.4 cm)


Museum Location: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor

Accession Number: 1994.156.5

Image: CUR.1994.156.4-5.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
One of pair with 1994.156.5. Copper-plated copper alloy bookend in the form of an abstract startled cat standing on a rectangular base. The body/legs are made from a single piece of pipe about 3/4" in diameter bent into an inverted U-shape. A spherical head with large round eyes and two conical ears is affixed on the right side. The tail, joined to the body on the left side, is bent at a right angle away from the body, then points straight up. Underside of base covered with green felt.

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