Featured Help ID white onyx? Bookends

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by rink28, Jan 27, 2020.

  1. rink28

    rink28 Well-Known Member

    Hi I picked these interesting bookends up at my local thrift store today. I tried doing some research on them but couldnt find any other examples online. I'm not exactly sure who the woman is supposed to be or what it's made out of. I thought maybe white onyx? I think it's on a marble base unless the base is onyx too? Also what era? Ant info would be great thank you!
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  2. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Given subject and material, Italy I'd think. But others may know better.

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  3. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    I'm thinking alabaster, not onyx. I'm not sure though.
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  4. aaroncab

    aaroncab in veritate victoria

    Nice bookends, how big?
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  5. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BOARED!

    Profile makes me think maybe Egyptian subject, white alabaster?? Pretty!!
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  6. Ghopper1924

    Ghopper1924 Well-Known Member

    At first glance I thought "giant thumb bookends!"

    At second or third glance....Mother Mary?" Super streamlined alabaster.
  7. rink28

    rink28 Well-Known Member

    Thanks all I will look under alabaster instead of onyx.
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  8. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

  9. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    These look nothing like alabaster to me... ;)
  10. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    The OP's is not onyx since onyx is black or banded black and white parallel layers.
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  11. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    I never thought it was. I only think it's too high of a sheen and appears too "hard" a surface to be made of alabaster.

    I'm not sure it's not some sort of resin casting? @rink28 , what does it weigh? Could it be a resin casting of some sort? Lucite mixed with ::something:: ?? Way too shiny for alabaster, even when varnished/finished.
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