The magnificent marble lions flanking the entrance to The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building are familiar and beloved icons for New Yorkers and visitors to the city alike. Modeled by sculptor Edward Clark Potter and carved from pink Tennessee marble by the Piccirilli brothers in 1911, they have just celebrated their Centennial. The Lions' best-known nicknames, Patience and Fortitude, are credited to Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, who told a reporter, ''The people of this city have two cardinal virtues, Patience and Fortitude.'' These iconic lions can now make their home in your library.
Hand-cast in a durable blend of marble powder and museum-quality resin, the Library Lion bookends stand 7 inches tall. The base measures 4 x 7 inches and features a non-skid pad to protect your furniture. cyb12
Item Number: MM100