by Kate Nixon Riley Humler of Humler & Nolan has joined Toomey & Co Auctioneers. Photo courtesy of Toomey & Co Auctioneers. Toomey & Co. Auctioneers of Oak Park, Illinois is excited to announce the addition of Riley Humler to its team of auction specialists. Humler is joining Toomey & Co. as head of its Ceramics Department. Humler has over 30 years experience in the auction business, beginning with Cincinnati Art Galleries and then as founder of Humler & Nolan, a premier Cincinnati auction house specializing in American and European ceramics. Humler brings extensive knowledge of ceramics and …
November always brings back memories of my grandfather, Myron Hickok. From the time I was sixteen until I was twenty-six, I spent nearly every Thanksgiving break working beside him on his farm back in Illinois. November has always been an important month for farmers. By then the corn and soybeans had all been harvested, and the barn was packed with bulging bales of sweet-smelling hay. If we were lucky, November could be mild and dry, which meant time to repair fences, patch roofs, organize tools, and bolster sagging sheds. Outside of family, my grandfather and I did not have …
by Kate Nixon Toomey & Co Auctioneers Tradition & Innovation – December 3rd, 2020 starting at 6:00 p.m. CST Art & Design – December 6th, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. CST Lot #2, a Roberta Beverly Kennon (1877-1931) for Newcomb College Grapevine Vase, in the upcoming Tradition and Innovation auction from Toomey & Co Auctioneers on December 3rd. The estimate is $10,000-20,000. An original Frank Lloyd Wright lamp from Wright’s Oak Park house, impressive rare vases from Newcomb College and Arequipa Pottery, and a silver pendant necklace featured in Rosalie Berberian’s Creating Beauty: these are just a sample of …
October 3rd, 2020 - The Craftsman: The Life and Work of Gustav Stickley “There is Properly No History; Only Biography”: The Life and Work of Gustav Stickley Online class. The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. To register, please visit https://www.stickleymuseum.org/learn/programs-for-adults/
October 3rd - 31st, 2020 - Ruskin, Roycroft, and the Arts and Crafts Conference. Announcing the collaboration between The Roycroft Campus, The Ruskin Society of North America, and The Guild of St. George in creating an international virtual Conference to tell the story of Ruskin and Hubbard in the establishment of the world-wide Arts and Crafts Movement. For more information, visit https://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/ruskin-roycroft-conference/
October 9th - 12th, 2020 - The Antiques Dealers Association / Historic Deerfield Online Antiques Show. Free to the public! Expect to find more than 1,000 objects representing the best in American (and some European) antiques, fine art, folk art, Americana, Native American, and other decorative arts. Hosted over Columbus Day weekend, the online show opens October 9 at 10 am and continues through October 12 at 10 pm EST. For more information, please visit https://adadealers.com/html/online_show.php
October 10th, 2020 - The Craftsman: The Life and Work of Gustav Stickley “Devoted to the New Domestic Art”: Craftsman Homes and the Birth of Stickley’s Empire. Online class. The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. To register, please visit https://www.stickleymuseum.org/learn/programs-for-adults/
October 17th, 2020 - The Craftsman: The Life and Work of Gustav Stickley “The Cultivation of Human Sympathy”: Stickley’s Early Factory and the Ideal Workshop. Online class. The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. To register, please visit https://www.stickleymuseum.org/learn/programs-for-adults/
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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