Auntique & Uncle Tony

Sellers of Antique Bookends, Vintage Glass, & Collectibles

Armor Bronze

Circa 1930s

“Courtly Couple Dancing”

Price:  $425 / pr

#1082 – Courtly Dancing Couple – Armor Bronze, Circa 1930s.  Bronze-clad, full figural bookends with original polychrome finish.  Signed Byron Bristol, sculptor.  Measures 8-3/4” high x 3-1/2” wide x 4-1/2” deep.  Weighs 6-1/2 lbs. the pair.  Original green felt with Armor Bronze label on both.   This extremely rare, charming couple seems to be “tripping the light fantastic” with a minuet.   Shows some loss of paint mainly to white parts.  Otherwise great age appropriate condition.      

# 1082

Armor Couple Dancing photo


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The Minuet Quadrille composed

The Age Of The Minuet

In the realm of the social dance, the years between 1650 and 1750 were called “The Age of the Minuet.”  The 17th century Minuet originated as more of an attitude than a real dance, intended to show off the skills of proper dress, courtesy and etiquette.  It developed into a slow and stately, somewhat romantically risque “walking dance”, and enjoyed a simplicity that most other dances did not share.


During the time of  King Louis XIV, State balls became very elegant affairs with the Minuet being termed as the “Queen of dances”.  The music was played in ¾ Waltz-March time with a moderate tempo.   It became the first dance of court in France.  In America, the Minuet was a favorite dance of George Washington.  As its popularity expanded from high society to the common man, the tempo was increased and the exaggerated motions became less formal.  Mozart composed a series of 12 minuets as late as 1789.

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