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Gustav Stickley

Rare Corner Cabinet

Property from a New York Collector

Gustav Stickley

Gustav Stickley

Rare Corner Cabinet

Rare Corner Cabinet

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Property from a New York Collector

Gustav Stickley

Rare Corner Cabinet


circa 1902

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

oak, hammered copper, glass

70⅛ x 46½ x 27½ in. (178.1 x 118.1 x 69.8 cm)

Overall in very good condition. The oak surfaces appear to retain their original finish throughout, displaying exceptional figuring and a dark and rich coloration. The oak surfaces present with scattered surface scratches, minor abrasions and light wear throughout as consistent with age and gentle use. The edges and feet present with slightly more concentrated wear and abrasions to the wood consistent with gentle use and not visually distracting. The clear glass is in well-preserved condition with scattered faint surface scratches and light surface soiling concentrated to the contours adjacent to the cames. The cames present with light wear and oxidation throughout consistent with age. The copper hardware is well preserved with occasional discolorations and traces of light oxidation throughout. Together with two period keys.  A superlative example of one of Stickley’s most iconic and artistic early forms, displaying strong proportions and lines, and an incredibly satisfying original dark finish. 


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.

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Private Collection, Essex, New York, circa 1902
Thence by descent
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Stephen Gray, The Early Works of Gustav Stickley, New York, 1987, p. 4
David Cathers, Furniture of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, Philmont, 1996, p. 116
Exemplary of Gustav Stickley’s fully realized 1902 furniture forms, this corner cabinet allows its high quality materials and visible construction methods to speak for themselves. The structure unites form and function: its strong geometric proportions recess to a triangular point to perfectly suit the corner of a room. The rich oak surface is left unadorned with the exception of its hammered copper hardware and a checkered diamond pattern of glass panels that showcase its interior holdings. The combination of these attributes embodies the reform principles which Stickley put forth in his magazine The Craftsman, emphasizing craftsmanship and simplicity over industrial mass production and excessive ornament. The present lot is one of only two known extant examples to date of this rare cabinet design from Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Workshops.