While observers of the most recent Rago 20th Century Design auction were murmuring about the decline in spirited bidding for Arts and Crafts furniture, best symbolized by a rare L. & J. G. Stickley tall case clock that two decades ago would have sold for more than $40,000, but which went home on Saturday, May 20 for $11,875, Arts and Crafts collectors demonstrated that they were still willing to chase fine, rare examples in other categories. The star of the show was a unique peacock lamp designed in 1910 by noted California ceramist Ernest Batchelder and his metalworking protégé Douglas …
We took a drive down to Lake Lure this past weekend, a small reward for having spent a day mowing, weed-eating and landscaping around the farm. Lake Lure has again been in the news lately, what with the release of the remake of “Dirty Dancing.” The original 1987 movie starring Patrick Swayze and 27-year-old Jennifer Grey was shot in and around Lake Lure, as were parts of “Last of the Mohicans” in 1992. Created in 1925 as a residential development above a new hydroelectric dam, Lake Lure first made headlines in September of 1936, when it hosted President Franklin Delano …
No one likes collecting something they hardly ever find, which helps explain the growing popularity of Van Briggle art pottery. Find an antiques shop or mall of any considerable size and odds are you’ll also find a piece of signed Van Briggle pottery. Artus Van Briggle joined the potters at Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati in 1887. Recognizing his talents, the owners sent him to Europe in 1893-1895, where he was introduced to the Art Nouveau style which was to influence his subsequent designs. He returned to Rookwood in 1896, but fell prey to tuberculosis, prompting him to move to Colorado …
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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