by Bruce Johnson Since 2010 the non-profit Arts and Crafts Research Fund has been providing grants to individuals who are exploring topics of interest to Arts and Crafts collectors. The primary source of funds for the ACRF is the annual silent auction held in conjunction with the National Arts and Crafts Conference at the historic Grove Park Inn. For the silent auction, the Research Fund relies on donated items from Arts and Crafts collectors, regardless whether or not they plan on attending the conference. Most recently, the ACRF provided travel expenses for author Robert Rust to continue …
I have never been a member of any country club, in part, I suppose, because I have never been invited to be a member of any country club. Which always provides me with an opening to quote Grouch Marx’s famous line, “I refuse to join any club that would have someone like me as a member.” But when Leigh Ann and I received an invitation to attend a good friend’s 90th birthday celebration at the 1922 Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, I gladly accepted. If you are imagining our 90-year-old friend slumped over in his wheelchair, you are …
by Kate Nixon Ahead of the Early 20th Century Design auction at Rago Arts and Auction Center on January 20th, interested American art pottery collectors may notice a variety of vases by the British-born Frederick H. Rhead of Avon, Weller, Roseville and notably a stay at University City. While the vases vary in color and in shape, two exceptional examples of note from Rhead’s extensive catalog of work bear similar artwork of the medieval warrior pikesman in full armor. Influenced by myths of his native English culture, Rhead designed these English combat-themed vases within two different time frames: one …
A new series of virtual classes “CIRCA 1917: REDISCOVERING CRAFTSMAN FARMS” Saturdays, starting October 9th through November 6th at 1:00 PM Eastern
Hosted by The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms https://www.stickleymuseum.org/circa-1917-rediscovering-craftsman-farms-2/
October 13th - Prints & Multiples Auction by Toomey & Co Auctioneers. For more information, visit https://toomeyco.com.
October 14th - Interiors Auction by Toomey & Co Auctioneers. For more information, visit https://toomeyco.com.
October 16th - "The Spirituality Of Charles Greene" A discussion with Travis Culwell and Ted Bosley. Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) over Zoom. For more infomation, please visit The Gamble House website.
October 17th - Decorative Arts Auction at Treadway Gallery. A wide selection of Arts and Crafts Era furniture, pottery, metalware, art, art glass and more. For more information, visit Treadway Gallery's website.
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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