by Kate Nixon Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida will see an influx of visiting Arts and Crafts collectors and enthusiasts this winter when the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement – or MAACM – will open its doors for the first time. MAACM is the only major museum in the nation dedicated to this important movement in the history of American decorative arts (c. 1900-1930). The $90 million, 5-story, 137,000-square-foot building is the culmination of a six-year collaboration between founder, collector, and benefactor Rudy Ciccarello and award-winning architect Alberto Alfonso, of Alfonso Architects – and the date for …
Perhaps when it’s a signature? I’ve had a fascination with Arts and Crafts shopmarks ever since I spotted my first red Stickley decal on the rung of a Craftsman Workshops dining room chair. I was standing in the parking lot outside my first antique restoration shop in Iowa City when Jim Mall, an antiques dealer from Chicago, pulled up in a pickup truck literally loaded with Arts and Crafts furniture. The year was 1979 and Jim periodically made a trip out through Illinois and Iowa, scooping up Arts and Crafts furniture for his savvy Chicago clients. In 1981, …
by Kate Nixon Gems from the Arts and Crafts Movement will be offered up to the highest bidder in Boston once more with Skinner Auctioneers 20th Century Design Auction this Thursday, June 20th. Previews will start June 18 from 12PM to 5PM and continue through June 19 from 12PM to 7PM. Interested bidders outside of the Boston area may leave absentee bids, bid over the phone, or place online bid through the auction’s bidding service, SkinnerLive! Offering furniture and decorative arts spanning the 20th and 21st centuries, the auction will feature Art Nouveau art glass and lighting by Schneider, …
June 7th - Roycroft Chamber Music Festival. Additional dates: June 9th, 14th and 15th. Ralaweb.com
June 8th - AcStickley Arts and Crafts Auction, California Historical Design, Alameda, CA. For more info, www.liveauctioneers.com
June 9th - Art & Design Auction, Toomey & Co Auctioneers, Oak Park, IL. www.toomeyco.com
June 15th - June 24th - "Normandy" Arts & Crafts Tours. www.artsandcraftstours.com
June 20th - 20th Century Design Sale, Skinners Auctions, Boston, MA. www.skinnerinc.com
June 29th - 30th - Roycroft Summer Festival, East Aurora, NY. www.ralaweb.com
June 29th - 30th - Art & Antique Show, Roycroft Campus Corporation, East Aurora, NY. www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com
Whether it be a museum with an Arts & Crafts collection, a nearby Prairie School home, a bungalow neighborhood, an Arts & Crafts gallery or a Frederick Law Olmstead park, just being able to add an Arts & Crafts side trip to our journey would add to our enjoyment and our education.
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Here at ArtsandCraftsCollector.com we have been busy making brief, informative videos to educate and instruct viewers in a variety of aspects of Arts & Crafts collecting.
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We are currently in the process of collecting, organizing, identifying and displaying on this website as many Arts & Crafts shopmarks as possible. And like our Reference Library, we need your help. While we have documented the shopmarks of the major Arts & Crafts firms, we need for you to email us a photograph of any shopmarks you have from lesser known firms, along with a brief description of the piece.
As both a collector and a researcher, I have often wished there was one site where every book ever written on the Arts & Crafts movement was listed. Now that place exists. Together we can compile on this website a list of every book of interest to Arts & Crafts collectors. All you have to do is pull some of the books off your bookshelf (go for the less obvious ones – and check below for duplicate entries) and email me the title, author, publisher and most recent copyright date. I will sort them by category and list them here so that anytime you or anyone else wants to research anything relating to the Arts & Crafts movement, you will start your search here.
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