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CHALET TABLE
Gustav Stickley / United Crafts
1900-1901
Oak



Gustav Stickley began manufacturing this chalet table during the first years of his shift to Arts & Crafts style furniture.  The table is pure geometry - simple, linear, and proportional—an early example of Stickley's revolutionary Craftsman furniture.  It was a powerful departure from the ornate designs of the Victorian era and a three dimensional statement of what Stickley called "honest furniture"—exposed construction unhidden by adornment.  Stickley designs such as this table were early influences of the "less is more" modernist movement later in the 20th century.

The chalet table can be found in The Craftsman Way of Life section.

PRAIRIE SETTLE
L. & J.G. Stickley
Peter Hansen, designer
ca. 1914
Oak with mohair upholstery (not original)



The Prairie Settle is one of L. & J.G. Stickley's most famous contributions to American furniture design.  The Peter Hansen designed settle uses wide arms and paneled quartersawn oak to create a distinct horizontal plane.  This technique is often associated with the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, but the Prairie Settle, with its use of elongated corbel brackets and balanced proportion, is distinctively Stickley.

The Prairie Settle shown here has a provenance as unique as its quality and design.  It was one of many Stickley pieces that were collected by Ms. Barbra Streisand.  Ms. Streisand owned this settle during the early 1990s.  It was later purchased by its original maker, L. & J.G. Stickley.

The Prairie Settle can be found with other select pieces formally owned by Barbra Streisand in the Today's Stickley Furniture section.

DROP FRONT DESK
Gustav Stickley / Craftsman Workshops
Harvey Ellis, designer
1903-1904
Oak with copper hardware



The drop front desk was a hallmark piece for Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Workshop.  The center panel could be lowered for use as a writing desk—making this a convenient yet elegant piece.  This drop front is the work of Harvey Ellis, Stickley's enigmatic designer.

Ellis was an architect by training, and he brought mastery of proportion and space into his designs when he joined the Craftsman Workshop in 1903.  Within a year he was gone, having tragically succumbed to a quick and deadly illness.  He left behind a collection of furniture forms that are unequalled in American furniture design.  This drop front desk bears Ellis's signature copper and pewter inlays and avodire marquetry.  It is a fine example of his ability to bring a sense of grace and delicacy to Stickley's bold furniture.

The Harvey Ellis-designed drop front desk can be found in The Craftsman Way of Life section.

COLUMBUS AVENUE SIDEBOARD (Re-issue)
L. & J.G. Stickley
1990
Oak with copper hardware



In the history of American Arts & Crafts furniture, no individual piece has commanded more attention than the "Columbus Avenue Sideboard." The original sideboard was a special creation for Gustav Stickley's own home.  For years, it dutifully served in Gustav's first floor dining room.

In 1988, Gustav's family chose to auction some of the furniture from the home, including the sideboard.  At Christie's auction house in New York, on December 10, 1988 the gavel came down—$363,000: the largest price tag ever for an individual piece of 20th century furniture.  The buyer: Barbra Streisand.  This was more than a signal to the world of furniture collectors.  This was American Arts and Crafts kicking in the door and declaring "we're here!"

In honor of this achievement, Stickley re-issued 100 special edition sideboards.  This line for line re-issue testifies to the sheer, awesome power of massive quartersawn boards of oak, unadorned but for the hand-hammered copper strap hinges, handles, and drawer pulls.  The sideboard is also a reminder that when you think of "mission furniture," you think Stickley.

The Columbus Avenue sideboard re-issue can be found in the Today's Stickley Furniture section.

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