Sleepy Scholars


Art Nouveau Bronze-Clad "Weary Scholar" Male Nude Bookends (LEO Design)


A pair of male nudes—young scholars—have fallen asleep, heads resting upon their still-open tomes.  They are bronze-clad, in which a sculpted "composite plaster" figure is electroplated in bronze.  This "bronze skin" can be finished—patinated, painted or both—as bronze would be.  Such bronze-clad items had the appearance of bronze but were much less expensive to produce.  Think of them as 1920's "poor men's bronzes," sold in gift shops or museum stores (where one might have just viewed the original work).  This handsome pair of Art Nouveau bookends appear to straddle the transition where Art Deco design was just around the corner.  Click on the photo above to learn more about them.


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