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American Decorative Arts
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Designer: Russel Wright, American, 1904–1976
Maker Cast by: Eugene Joseph Rowan, American, 1875–1967

Pair of “Libbiloo” Bookends

ca. 1929

Chromium-plated white metal

each: 5 3/8 × 2 15/16 × 6 1/4 in. (13.7 × 7.5 × 15.9 cm)
Gift of J. Marshall and Thomas M. Osborn in memory of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Osborn
Made in New York, New York
On view
20th century
Tools and Equipment

Possibly given as a wedding present to Marie-Louise Montgomery Osborn and James Marshall Osborn, Bronxville, N.Y., ca. 1929–76; inherited by their sons, J. Marshall Osborn, Madison, Wis., and Thomas M. Osborn, Los Angeles, 1976–77


“Acquisitions 1977,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 37, no. 1 (Fall 1978): 72, ill.

Karen Davies, At Home in Manhattan Modern Decorative Arts, 1925 to the Depression, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1983), 59, no. 42, ill.

John Stuart Gordon et al., A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 231, no. 154.

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