Bronze-Clad Cathedral Bookends by Bron-Artz, Los Angeles (LEO Design)

The word "cathedral" comes from the Latin word cathedra—that is, "the chair."  Thus, a cathedral is any church which houses the bishop's seat, making it the "mother church" of a diocese, conference or episcopate. Cathedrals are usually bigger (and grander) than the other churches within a bishop's "see" (his "territory').  But it is not the grandeur of the church which makes the church a cathedral.  It is the bishop's chair—the seat of his assigned authority—which elevates a church to a cathedral.  Think of a cathedral as a bishop's "home church."

This pair of bookends, dated 1928, were made in Los Angeles, California by "Bron-Artz American Art Associates."  In 30 years of buying and selling bookends, I have never seen another pair like these. The bold bas relief of the modeling literally "pops" the architecture off the bookends.  I have not identified the particular church (or the country where it stands), but I am nonetheless proud to offer them on the website.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about them.


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