Original Price: $30 Size: 6x5x5 inches. (heightXwidthXdepth) Grade: B+
The Kaya bookend is absolutely lovely. It has a good weight to it and nothing feels like it's likely to break off at any point. It's an outdoor scene of Kaya creating a basket (the typical flat kind of the Nez Perce) in front of a background of purple flowers and fields.
I love the perspective of the sculpt. The flowers and rocks closest to Kaya are fully three-dimensional, but as the image recedes, they lose their shape until they're simply painted onto the backdrop.
The sculpt of Kaya herself is also lovely. It's about a zillion times better than the ornaments or figurines, I think, and she looks so very peaceful.
I love this bookend and I think it's one of the nicer ones (and not just because Kaya's my favorite girl!), but I'm a little disappointed in the color. It's possible that mine has faded after five months sitting on my desk, but even relative to each other, the colors are kind of bland. Kaya stands out mostly because she's done up in warm colors while the background is all cools, but otherwise, she's also rather bland.
It's also a very simple design, compared to the other girls. I understand that her tribe did not have a written language, or really, anything to properly "read," so by nature her bookend has to be radically different from the others. But I still feel a bit down that it's so plain, even if it is just lovely.
The backdrop is curved to help with the trompe l'oeil, and the back of it is smooth plaster or resin, or whatever it's made from. The underside of the bookend has a Hallmark/AG stamp and four felt casters.
Post by Main Admin Account on May 17, 2006 0:20:46 GMT -5
I am guessing that or a hallmark reseller are your best bets for finding them. I actually walked away from buying a Kirsten bookend before Christmas and have been kicking myself since. Unlike the statues, I really like the carving and paint jobs on the bookends.
Post by AG*dancer* on May 17, 2006 15:39:12 GMT -5
I really love these. We have the Felicity and Kit bookends in our guest room/library and they're beautiful. I too walked away from getting Addy's for $15 marked down at Hallmark. I love the details on them.
Last Edit: Jan 18, 2008 10:01:58 GMT -5 by AG*dancer*
Post by Samsunflower1232 on May 27, 2006 1:21:40 GMT -5
Being an avid book worm I love these not only for being AG but for being able to hold up your books. I have Felicity and Samantha in excellent condition,Molly's and Addy's broke while moving up to school and I'm on the hunt for Kaya's book end.
Original Price: $30.00 Dimensions: 5 1/4x5x5 (heightxdepthxwidth) Grade: A-
Kit's bookend looks so very cosy to me, almost straight out of her father's or uncle's studies. She's wearing the adorable reddish brown dress with the green rickrack trim that she wore in her Christmas story, and is curled up in a large leather chair with a book on her lap.
Behind her is a set of bookcases that form a corner. What's really awesome, in my opinion, is that they're fully detailed. Even though you don't really see the books unless you're looking super closely, they're still sculpted and painted!
The detail work is about fifty times awesomer than that of the ornaments and figurines, I think.
It's pretty cute that her bookbag is propped against the chair, and other books are piled on the side. Plus, there's a small clock and a pineapple-looking plant on a plantstand!
The bookstand has a nice weight to it and seems to be made of resin or some other sturdy material. Unfortunately, I think it would probably break easily. I'm always afraid the pineapple will break off the stand, or the stand itself will snap in half, if I touch it wrong, so I've left the protective padding wrapped around it.
The bottom of the bookend has Hallmark/AG information stamped into it, and there are four felt casters to protect surfaces.
If you've purchased the bookend new or like new, it has a hangtag tied to the chair with a ribbon. The inside of the tag tells you that the bookend is from a set of 8 which are sold individually so you can mix and match to preference. The other side has a small blurb about Kit being a writer AND a reader.
I think this is a great addition to a book or Kit collection. My A- grade is primarily because of the fragility of the pineapple plantstand. Also, I have no clue what that plant is supposed to be, but it really does look like a pineapple, doesn't it?
These appear to be a high quality resin, and are very heavy. That's why shipping costs on eBay are so high. We have the Molly and Felicity bookends and they are really beautiful. Honestly, $30 was a fair price. I was thrilled to pay $15 for each of ours at a local Hallmark store when they cleared out their stock. Some photos:
Post by glasshalffull on Jun 13, 2009 6:14:07 GMT -5
The plant broke off easily on my Kit bookend. Although I like this book-end, the plant does make it very fragile. (I also have Molly's and Kirsten's and they don't seem to have anything to break off easily.)