In the Beginning

Verona Art Deco "Even in the Garden" Cast Iron Bookends with Copper Finish (LEO Design)


Oh, for the good old days!  Wasn't life much simpler then?  No worries to bear.  No hunting for food.  No clothes to wash.  Well, we messed it up.  And our lives have never been the same.

The bookends, shown above, capture Eve luxuriating against a date palm tree—well before The Fall.  No apple in sight.  And, lest you blame Eve for Adam's fall, please recall, in Genesis, God told Adam that he was not to eat of the forbidden fruit.  He never gave Eve such instructions.  Nevertheless, when God questioned Adam about eating the fruit, he immediately responded, "The Woman made me eat it!"  Such an outburst seems prophetic; for millennia to come, such "blame game" responses have echoed through households all over the world.

These bookends were made by Verona, a metal casting company on the outskirts of Pittsburgh.  They are finished with a (now well-aged) copper patina—providing a nice "high-low" effect to the bas relief.   Click on the photo above to learn more about these handsome bookends.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248