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Gustav Stickley

Gong

Estimate:

30,000

to
- 50,000 USD

Gustav Stickley

Gustav Stickley

Gong

Gong

Estimate:

30,000

to
- 50,000 USD

Lot sold:

88,200

USD

Gustav Stickley

Gong


circa 1901

together with the original striker

executed by the Craftsman Workshops of Gustav Stickley, Eastwood, New York

oak, bronze, iron, leather cord

with retail label printed GEO. C. FLINT CO./WEST 23RD ST., N.Y.

36 3/4 x 22 5/8 x 10 3/8 in. (67.9 x 57.5 x 26.3 cm)

Overall in very good condition. The oak stand throughout appears to retain its original rich dark finish, and presents with scattered surface scratches, minor abrasions and edge wear consistent with age and use. The lower tier of the stand presents with a few fine hairlines to the wood, the largest measuring ¾ inch and stable. The bronze gong presents with scattered surface scratches and small indentations consistent with gentle use as well as areas of discoloration, light oxidation and verdigris spots consistent with age. The interior and lower circumference of the drum presents with streaks of white residue which are not visually distracting when the drum is installed. The top of the gong near the hanging cord with a small area of more concentrated corrosion, consistent with age. The leather elements including the hanging cord for the gong, cord for the striker, and striker covering have been sensitively replaced in a manner consistent with the original design and are in very good condition. The leather wrist cord presents with age-appropriate wear consistent with gentle use. The original striker is in very good condition with some scattered scratches and abrasions throughout the oak and with a very small chip to the base measuring approximately ½ inch. A rare dinner gong by Stickley.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Private Collection, Brookline, Massachusetts, circa 1901
Thence by descent
Acquired from the above by the present owner
The Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 2, Eastwood, NY, November 1901, p. 50 (for a period photograph of the model exhibited at the Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, NY, 1901)
Stephen Gray and Robert Edwards, Collected Works of Gustav Stickley, New York, 1981, p. 16
Stephen Gray, The Early Works of Gustav Stickley, New York, 1987, pp. 62 (for a drawing of the model from the "Chips from the Workshops of the United Crafts" catalogue, 1901) and 113
A. Patricia Bartinique, Gustav Stickley, His Craft, exh. cat., Craftsman Farms, Parsippany, NJ, November 15, 1992-January 31, 1993, p. 33
Barbara Mayer, In The Arts & Crafts Style, San Francisco, 1993, p. 49
David Cathers, Gustav Stickley, New York, 2003, pp. 48 (for the above mentioned period photograph) and 108 (for a period photograph of the model exhibited in the Craftsman model room, Marshall Field and Company, Chicago, 1904)