The background color is bronze and the painting includes colors of teal, green, ivory and red. The paint is original and untouched.This old painted Judd cast iron book rack is really spectacular and rare. The book rack or book ends is numbered 9859 (see red arrow in photos). The book rack was made by Judd Mfg. Company of Connecticutt circa 1910 - 1920. Judd was well known for their metalware products of artistic merit. Judd products (doorstops, banks, book racks, book ends and more) can be found in museums and important collections of Americana. The Judd metalwore is true Americana! The book rack is substantial, weighing 566.9 grams. I found the book rack at the San Francisco Antique Show. I only used the Judd the book rack gently for display in my collection of Americana.
The book rack is in excellent condition with minimal wear, no chips, no cracks and no damage. There could be surface scratches. The extending rods are apparently brass or bronze (magnet will not adhere) and the ends are cast iron.
There are signs of rust where the rods extend in & out (see photos). The photos show the book rack being extended to 9 1/2 in length where I have always kept it. I have not tried to extend it further because of the rust. I read that it will extend to 14.
There is a nice patina on the book rack. The entire book rack looks like bronze but the book ends are painted cast iron. I did nothing to alter the book rack such as waxing, touch-ups, etc. It is in all original condition. There is a warm patina on the book rack that is quite beautiful.Materials: Painted cast iron; brass or bronze extension rods. Design: Art Nouveau with fountain, peacocks, books. Colors: Bronze, blue, green, teal, red and ivory.
Length as shown in photos: 9 1/2. This is a great opportunity to acquire a rare piece of Americana that you will cherish for years to come. The Judd painted Art Deco book rack is very rare and in wonderful condition.The book rack will be a significant addition to many types of antique collections. No charge for packing materials. Please examine the photos to assess the condition for yourself. Other items shown in the photos are for display purposes only. The item "Genuine RARE Antique Painted Cast Iron Judd Mfg Book Rack Art Nouveau Original" is in sale since Tuesday, February 12, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Metalware". The seller is "wilderness03" and is located in Deerfield, Virginia. This item can be shipped to United States.