Rago Auctions will be holding their Early 20th Century Design auctions on September 22nd and 23rd at 333 North Main St. in Lambertville, NJ, encompassing over 500 lots of property. The auction begins on Friday, September 22nd at noon (EST) with the spectacular Lexora Collection of Lalique Glass from a private East Coast collector, featuring a multitude of rare forms and colors, including an Alexandrite Tortues (pictured, est. $20,000-$30,000), blue-violet Martin-Pêcheurs, red Escargot, pale blue Pigeons, opalescent Oran and Bacchantes, and a mauve Courges. David Rago, partner and co-director of the 20th-21st Century Design Department explains: “This is by far the best collection we have …
I spent much of the past two weeks back in Illinois, visiting my family and driving my 87-year-old mother back and forth to the hospital where my 91-year-old father was recuperating from an infection. My early morning runs took me around my hometown of New Windsor, population 800, where I grew up and went to grade school, and where my parents have lived in the same four-square house since 1949. One of my laps around town took me through one of the town’s two cemeteries, where as I child I stared up at the grand obelisk marking the grave of …
While spending time recently at Cottage Hospital in Galesburg, Illinois (population 32,000), I took some long walks around the town’s oldest residential neighborhood. In an ironic reversal, in 1836 the town of Galesburg actually evolved out of and around Knox College, a private four-year college founded on a 17-acre site on the Illinois prairie. Galesburg’s liberal forefathers supported the anti-slavery league, became part of the underground railroad, and in 1858 hosted one of the Lincoln-Douglas presidential debates. While not mentioned in many histories, the town had a thriving brick industry, producing enough bricks to pave many of the town’s earliest …
Frank Lloyd Wright: Unpacking the Archive. MoMA, New York City. Through October 1. www.moma.org
Wright’s Larkin Exhibit: Arts and Crafts in Industry. University of Buffalo, Buffalo. Through October 29. art.buffalo.edu/wrightlarkinexhibition/
Whether it be a museum with an Arts & Crafts collection, a nearby Prairie School home, a bungalow neighborhood, an Arts & Crafts gallery or a Frederick Law Olmstead park, just being able to add an Arts & Crafts side trip to our journey would add to our enjoyment and our education.
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how valuable is a video?
Here at ArtsandCraftsCollector.com we have been busy making brief, informative videos to educate and instruct viewers in a variety of aspects of Arts & Crafts collecting.
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We are currently in the process of collecting, organizing, identifying and displaying on this website as many Arts & Crafts shopmarks as possible. And like our Reference Library, we need your help. While we have documented the shopmarks of the major Arts & Crafts firms, we need for you to email us a photograph of any shopmarks you have from lesser known firms, along with a brief description of the piece.
As both a collector and a researcher, I have often wished there was one site where every book ever written on the Arts & Crafts movement was listed. Now that place exists. Together we can compile on this website a list of every book of interest to Arts & Crafts collectors. All you have to do is pull some of the books off your bookshelf (go for the less obvious ones – and check below for duplicate entries) and email me the title, author, publisher and most recent copyright date. I will sort them by category and list them here so that anytime you or anyone else wants to research anything relating to the Arts & Crafts movement, you will start your search here.
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