AcStickley Arts & Crafts Auction this Saturday

by Kate Nixon


Gus Bostrom’s AcStickley Arts & Crafts Auction, Saturday December 8th 11am PST. Preview Friday, December 7th 10-5pm


California’s Bay Area has a history of its own in the Arts and Crafts Movement, a history that one California son knows all too well – and he’s holding an auction this weekend to show the best of the best. The best of the Arts and Crafts Movement will be well-represented in Alameda, California with a special auction, hosted by Gus Bostrom and Alameda’s California Historical Design. The AcStickley Arts & Crafts Auction, will be held Saturday, December 8th 11am PST and with a preview of the special event held Friday, December 7th from 10am – 5pm. The auction will also be open for online bidders using Featuring ceramics, jewelry, and Arts & Crafts furniture by Gustav Stickley, L&JG Stickley, Stickley Brothers, Charles Stickley, Limbert, Roycroft, Lifetime, Lakeside, JM Young, Mathews Furniture Shop, Bernard Maybeck, Karpen, Harden, Michigan Chair Co, McHugh and more, the lots up for bid range from affordable Arts & Crafts pieces to museum quality examples. Everything is offered in individual lots, some will start as low as $50.

As we have noted here before, Gus Bostrom is no stranger to putting on displays for Arts and Crafts Collectors – he’s put together a display on California Faience Pottery and earlier this year, through his Dirk Van Erp Foundation, supported the opening of a museum on the works of coppersmith Dirk Van Erp, dedicated to preserving the life, works, and tools of the bay area coppersmith. His dedication to educating others about Dirk Van Erp and the Arts and Crafts Movement and his comprehensive displays are a valuable resource to collectors and enthusiasts. To see an online catalog of the items up for bid, please visit the AcStickley Arts and Crafts auction page and to find out about Gus Bostrom and California Historical Design, please visit their website at

Spend $5000 or more at this Auction and all of your SHIPPING IS FREE within the lower 48 states.

Below are a few highlights that we’ll be keeping our eyes on this Saturday:


Lot #135:

Rare Stickley Brothers #8609 Hutch Sideboard (c1910)

Signed with stenciled number on back. Very nicely refinished. 62″h x 54″w x 22″d

Estimate: $6,000 – $8,000





Lot #114:

Charles Rohlfs “Curate’s Delight” Stand (c1902)

Signed. Excellent original finish. 34.75″h x 14.5″w x 12.5″d

Estimate: $5,000 – $7,000





Lot #47:

Mathews Furniture Shop Carved Armchairs San Francisco (c1907-1918)

Pair of Mathews Furniture Shop Armchairs with Carved California Poppies in Back c1907-1920. Unsigned. Refinished. 54″h x 24″w x 19″d

Estimate: $12,000 – $15,000




Lot #48:

Frederick Rhead – Santa Barbara Vase (c1913-1917)

Exhibited at The Oakland Museum 1993 Show: The Arts & Crafts Movement in California, Living the Good Life, Fig 151. Invisible professional restoration to small rim chip. Comes with Museum packing crate. 8.75″h x 5″d

Estimate: $4,000 – $5,000




Lot #83:

Percy Gray Watercolor California Eucalyptus Trees

Henry Percy Gray (1869-1952) watercolor California Eucalyptus Trees. Signed. Excellent condition. This is a large format watercolor with strong colors and great composition. Tim Holton custom frame. UV filtered museum glass. Signed lower left. 16″h x 20″w. Frame 22″h x 26″w

Estimate: $15,000 – $20,000



Lot #98:

Rare Old Mission Kopper Kraft Eucalyptus Bowl & Stand.

This is the only OMKK bowl and stand set we have ever seen. Large Old Mission Kopper Kraft hammered copper bowl and stand with applied bronze eucalyptus leaves c1922-1925. Signed with both impressed mark and original paper label. Pristine original patina. Although the OMKK bowls with eucalyptus leaves do occasionally surface, this is the first variation of these we have seen with a separate base. 8.75″h x 8.25″d

Estimate: $2,500 – $3,500



Lot #171:

Charles Frederick Eaton Jewelry Chest (c1906)

Featured in a 1906 article in House & Garden Magazine written by Katherine Louise Smith (also wrote for Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Magazine). One of only 2 known examples of this jewelry box. Made of “buff suede, brass trimmings inset with abalone, cut like stones.” Unsigned. Small loss to leather under front rim. Excellent original patina. 8.75″w x 6″d x 6.75″h (+ handle)

Estimate: $15,000 – $20,000