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Summer Months at the Roycroft Campus

Summer Months at the Roycroft Campus

We're excited to be running an overview article this week on all things Roycroft Campus! It's easy to get caught up in the history of the Campus -- full of inspiration, educational opportunities and historic tours -- but during the warmer weather months, the Roycroft Campus offers so much to visitors! Check out what all the Roycroft Campus has to offer in the coming weeks!

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Roycroft Master Artisan, Ron VanOstrand’s copper work will...

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$245Bjarne Meyer Handwrought Sterling Silver Brooch Clip Green Stone Chicago

A well crafted sterling silver brooch or shoeclip by the Chicago silversmith Bjarne Meyer. Beautifully hand hammered silver. Bjarne Meyer later worked for Georg Jensen, USA. Marked Sterling and Handwrought by Bjarne.

Maker: Bjarne Meyer
Location: San Antonio, TX
Date made: Ca. 1910
Dimensions: Measures 1" across and 2 3/8" high.

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Little Journeys

Hoping For the Unexpected

Hoping For the Unexpected

I am in the midst of a seven day road trip, so have dipped into our files for a column I had written previously. By next week I'll have a fresh adventure to share!

Washington has never claimed to be the birthplace of the Arts & Crafts movement, nor did the Arts & Crafts movement ever play a pivotal role in the development of our capital city, a city dominated by stately statues and seemingly supported by an even larger number of fluted, marble and limestone...

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Frank Lloyd Wright Trust312.994.4000

Your gateway to Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago, Oak Park. Tours at five sites: Wright's Home and Studio, Unity Temple, Robie House, Bach House, and The Rookery and our Wright Plus Housewalk the Third Saturday in May.

209 LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL

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Collector's Guide

Paste Wax, Polish or Oil: Which is Best?

Paste Wax, Polish or Oil: Which is Best?

With this summer heat and sun bearing down on us all, we sometimes neglect our furniture. It also takes a beating from that intense sunlight streaming through the windows so take a minute and learn a few ways to protect those original finishes!

In truth, paste wax, polish and oil each have their place, but they cannot be used interchangeably.

Here, then, is a quick review of why and when you should use each one.

Paste Wax - This is a true furniture...

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Dow, Arthur Wesley 'Flowering Orchard or Newbury Willows' Woodblock Print

Dow, Arthur Wesley 'Flowering Orchard or Newbury Willows' Woodblock Print Arthur Wesley Dow, (American, 1857-1922), Flowering Orchard or Newbury Willows, color woodblock print, signed in block, framed, 4.25" x 7", $3,000-5,000, Provenance: David Judd, Grove Park Inn Conference, February 2010; The Collection of Robert and Elaine Dillof, Croton Falls, NY. Estimate $3,000 - $5,000 (Toomey-Treadway Auction, December 6th, 2014) Sold for $4,687.50.
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