Lot 107
  • 107

Gustav Stickley

Estimate
18,000 - 24,000 USD
Sold
50,000 USD
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Description

  • Gustav Stickley
  • A Rare "Chalet" Table, Model No. 403
  • ebonized oak
  • 22 in. (55.8 cm) high
    24 in. (60.9 cm) diameter
executed by the Craftsman Workshops of Gustav Stickley, Eastwood, NY

Provenance

Acquired from a descendant of the original owner by the present owner, 1999

Exhibited

Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement, Newark Museum of Art, September 15, 2010-January 2, 2011; Dallas Museum of Art, February 13-May 8, 2011; San Diego Museum of Art, June 18-September 11, 2011

Literature

Stephen Gray, The Early Work of Gustav Stickley, New York, 1987, p. 15
Linda H. Roth and Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, eds., At Home with Gustav Stickley:  American Arts & Crafts from the Stephen Gray Collection, London, 2008, pp. 36 and 51
David M. Cathers, Gustav Stickley, London, 2003, p. 30

Catalogue Note

The "Chalet" table is an iconic example of Gustav Stickley's early aesthetic sense—an embodiment of what he called "honest furniture" with unadorned wood surfaces and unmasked construction elements. Stickley began manufacturing this model during the first years of the American Arts and Crafts movement in the early part of the 1900s.  This style of furniture was partially a response against the cluttered Victorian-era interior and machine-made commodities, which resulted in a desire to emulate the medieval guild system of craft.  This union of the fine and decorative arts in an all-encompassing space greatly influenced Stickley given his desire to propagate his craft design vision through quality craft production as well as through didactic, discursive treatises published in The Craftsman.  The rare "Chalet" table draws inspiration from the integrity of medieval precedents in furniture production, yet ultimately achieves a uniquely modern aesthetic through its essential form and geometric congruency.
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