by Jan Wolff Ah, the Silent Auction. Since 2006, it’s arguably THE event during the National Arts & Crafts Conference. Time to act like you don’t care, even though you can’t see how you will live another day without that Weller vase. “Be vigilant, set a high bid in your head and check back every few hours.” These were my thoughts when I saw this year’s Silent Auction being set up, this being my first time at the conference, plus my first auction of any kind. It began with a few packages arriving in the mail before the conference: a …
We are quite fortunate here in Asheville to have the nationally-known and highly-respected Brunk Auctions. While the firm has many areas of specialization, including Southern furniture, Asian antiquities, and fine art, I can almost always expect to find a piece or two of Arts and Crafts in nearly every sale, ranging from Stickley and Roycroft furniture to Newcomb, Van Briggle and Rookwood art pottery. This past weekend was no exception, as they offered two pieces of Grueby and two of Newcomb, as well as an early Van Briggle vase and an assortment of late Rookwood. But for me the main …
by Bruce Johnson Arts and Crafts collectors, just like those in other fields, place a premium on examples which have survived more than a century of use with their original finish intact. That is not to imply that refinished pieces should be avoided, for a proper new finish does not diminish the usefulness nor the design of a fine piece of furniture. But it does affect its dollar value, so in order to avoid paying an original finish price for what turns out to be a refinished piece of furniture, here are a few tips. Just like there is …
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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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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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