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New York Public Library Lions Bookends (Set of 2)

New York Public Library Lions Bookends (Set of 2)

$159.00

Whenever you stop by the trusty New York Public Library for "conversations" with the literary elite and a perusal of one the world's most extensive book collections, you are greeted by Patience and Fortitude. The world-renowned marble lions that stand proudly before the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan have captured the imagination and affection of New Yorkers and visitors from all over the world.

Sculpted by Edward Clark Potter from pink Tennessee marble, the lions have stood guardian to one of the world's great collections of books and manuscripts since 1911. Their nicknames have changed over the decades. First they were called Leo Astor and Leo Lenox, after The New York Public Library founders John Jacob Astor and James Lenox. Later, they were known as Lord Astor and Lady Lenox. During the 1930s, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia named them Patience and Fortitude, for the qualities he felt New Yorkers would need to survive the economic depression. These names have stood the test of time: Patience still guards the south side of the Library's steps and Fortitude sits unwaveringly to the north.

The Lion Bookends are beautifully detailed reproductions of the monumental originals, a favorite gift among New Yorkers and library lovers everywhere for the memories they evoke of both the Library and New York City. They're heavy enough to hold large books, and make a handsome addition to any library. Hand-cast in a durable blend of marble powder and museum-quality resin, the bookends stand about 7 inches tall overall, with the bases measuring 4-by-7 inches. They have a non-skid pad on the base which protects furniture as well, and can be cleaned with a mild, non-abrasive soap, using a soft cloth, when necessary.

New York Public Library Lions Bookends (Set of 2)
Item #02021

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