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An Intimate Look at Gustav Stickley

An Intimate Look at Gustav Stickley

As we all know, the Arts and Crafts community is one that brings folks together without ever questioning the effort it would take to make something happen. And it seems all the staff at the German-American Heritage Center in Davenport, Iowa had to do was express a bit of interest in German-American furniture maker Gustav Stickley and the rest would easily be set into motion for a wonderfully curated exhibition to unfold.

And unfold it did. Together with collection loans...

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Our newest chair design in quarter sawn oak with walnut brown finish and dark green leather cushions is extremely comfortable.

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Little Journeys

Smart -- or Lucky?

Smart -- or Lucky?

Which would you rather be: smart or lucky?

Turns out a few weeks ago I was luckier than I was smart.

I had been planning on using my annual journey back to Illinois for the Johnson family reunion as a research trip as well, packing up my car with food and drinks and driving rather than flying there. I left Asheville on a Monday morning with Cincinnati an easy first day's drive north.

I chose Cincinnati because of its extensive collection of art-carved...

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Mitchell Andrus Studios at www.missionfurnishings.com908-930-5583

Arts and Crafts, Mission, Craftsman style furniture and furnishings made for the period style home. Specializing in period-correct woods, designed to emulate the craftsmanship of a by-gone era. Mirrors, Medicine Cabinets, Frames, Doorbells, Inlays.

506 Tole Allison Rd.
Mills River, NC

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Collector's Guide

Crafting Your Own Collection: Part 1

Crafting Your Own Collection: Part 1

We all have special talents and if one of yours happens to be crafting household items with your own two hands (or you've always wanted to learn how) be sure to look into our special Pre-Conference Workshops held each year at the National Arts & Crafts Conference at the historic Grove Park Inn.

Each February we offer hands-on workshops on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning before the Conference officially begins and they are always a treat for those that...

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Patterson, Margaret Jordan 'Pond Lily' Woodblock Print

Patterson, Margaret Jordan 'Pond Lily' Woodblock Print Margaret Jordan Patterson, (American, 1867-1950), Pond Lily, color woodblock print, pencil signed lower right, No. 7, framed, 10.25" x 7", Provenance: Stephen Gray; The Collection of Robert and Elaine Dillof, Croton Falls, NY. Estimate $5,000 - $7,000 (Toomey-Treadway Auction, December 6th, 2014) Sold for $6,100.
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